Subic Bay to Host US and Japanese Navy Ships

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SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Subic Bay will play host to around 10 navy ships from the United States and Japan which will make their port calls here starting April 1  to April 6.
Landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) and dry cargo ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) arrived on Friday at the Port of Subic.
Those expected to arrive on Saturday are the supply ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2), dry cargo ship USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (T-AK-3007), oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193), and Arleigh Burke-Class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DGG-62).
These US Navy ships will be in Subic Bay as logistics support to the ongoing Balikatan exercises.
Meanwhile, a Japanese submarine and two vessels will be arriving on Sunday in the Freeport for a goodwill visit to the Philippines.
This will be the first time in 15 years that a Japanese submarine visits the country.
In a statement, Capt. Lued Lincuna, spokesman for the Philippine Navy, said that the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) is sending its Destroyer Escort Division 15 and Training Submarine Division 1 to Subic Bay for a goodwill visit and port call.
Composed of two JMSDF vessels, namely, JS Ariake (DD-109) and JS Setogiri (DD-156), the Destroyer Escort Division 15 is headed by Capt. Haruhiko Morisita.
On the other hand, the JMSDF submarine JS Oyashio (SS-511) is led by Capt. Hiroaki Yoshino.
The three JMSDF seacrafts are expected to arrive at the Alava Pier in Subic Bay at around 9 a.m. Sunday. They will be staying in Subic Bay until April 6.
The visit of JMSDF assets came amid the tension in the disputed East and South China Seas.
Japan is engaged in a dispute with China over Senkaku Island in East China Sea.
On the other hand, the Philippines is tangled in a tense dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea.

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