By Benjamin Cuaresma
August 25, 2023

MANILA — In an integral move of the five-month-long collaborative exercise involving the Philippines, the United States, and Australia, a pair of Japanese naval vessels has entered Manila on this Friday, August 25, 2023.

The vessels, namely JS Izumo (DDH-183) and JS Samidare (DD-106), have now securely moored at Manila South Harbor to participate in the Indo-Pacific Deployment (IPD) Exercise 2023, an initiative running from April 20 until September 17, 2023.

Affirming its unwavering dedication to cooperative regional efforts, the Japanese Embassy in Manila has highlighted the significance of these two naval assets. Their presence underscores Japan’s commitment to collaborative action in pursuit of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP).

Notably, JS Izumo (DDH-183) stands as a light aircraft carrier, while JS Samidare takes its place as a distinguished Murasame-Class Destroyer. Both of these vessels proudly belong to the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). (ai/mnm)