Japanese destroyer to dock off Subic for goodwill visit

MANILA — A Japan Maritime Self Defense (JMSDF) destroyer, the JS Akizuki (DD-115), will be docking at the Alava Wharf, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Olongapo City for a goodwill visit starting Friday until Monday.

A welcome ceremony and port briefing will be conducted upon arrival of the JMSDF vessel at Alava Wharf after a customary meeting procedure with BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35) at the vicinity of Morong, Bataan.

The ship is equipped with one SH-60J patrol helicopter.

The JS Akizuki is a member of the four ship Azisuki-class destroyers, which was designed to protect the JMSDF’s Hyuga class and Izumo class helicopter destroyers and escort other sophisticated Japanese naval vessels.

The former is designed to engage surface, sub-surface and air threats and is equipped with sensors and weapons for the above-mentioned missions.

JS Akizuki weighs 6,800 tons at full load and is capable of cruising at a speed of 30 knots. PNA-northboundasia.com