Japan's largest warship to visit PH in June


Posted at Mar 28 2017 06:20 PM

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's (JMSDF) latest Izumo-class helicopter carrier DDH-184 Kaga (R) is seen next to JMSDF's helicopter carrier Izumo in Yokohama, Japan, March 22, 2017, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Japan’s largest warship will be visiting the Philippines in June.

Helicopter carrier JS Izumo, Japan’s largest maritime self-defense force vessel, will be docking in Subic, Zambales in a few months, said Philippine Navy chief, Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado on the sidelines of the turnover of 2 trainer aircraft from Japan on Monday.

“The Philippine Navy and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are looking forward to that visit,” he said.

The visit will be part of the ship’s 3-month tour in the South China Sea, in what is seen as Japan’s biggest show of naval power in foreign waters in more than 70 years.

The Izumo’s sister ship, the Kaga, Japan’s second big helicopter carrier, entered service last week.

On Monday, the Philippines received 2 of 5 TC-90 trainer aircraft that will be leased by the Japanese government to the Philippines at the Heraclo Alano Naval Base in Sangley Point, Cavite.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana witnessed the ceremony together with his Japanese counterpart, Kenji Wakamiya.