TWO Japanese warships are in Manila for a port visit and an exercise on Tuesday with the Philippine Navy in the West Philippine Sea.
The JS Harusame and JS Amigiri, led by Capt. Masatoshi Kashihara, arrived at the Manila South Harbor on Saturday morning.
The top officials of the Japanese warships are expected to pay a courtesy call on Philippine Navy chief, Vice Admiral Jesus Millan.
On Tuesday, the Japanese warships are expected to conduct passing exercises with the Philippine Navy at the West Philippine Sea, which is part of the South China Sea within the Philippine’s exclusive economic zone.
“The passing exercise is a good opportunity to practice the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea. This protocol, developed by West Pacific navies, is very useful for the safety of military vessels meeting at sea,” Millan said.
The Philippine Navy’s BRP Ramon Alcaraz and an AW 109 helicopter aboard it will…
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