Japanese submarine, destroyers dock in Subic

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Japanese submarine JS Oyashio and two destroyers dock in Subic on Sunday (April 3).

Subic Bay, Olongapo (CNN Philippines) — Japanese training submarine JS Oyashio, along with two destroyers JS Ariake and JS Setogiri on Sunday (April 3) docked at the Alava Pier in Subic Bay for a three-day goodwill visit.

The Philippine Navy said submarine skipper Commodore Nishioka Tetsuo leads the delegation of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force.

According to Navy public affairs officer Captain Lued Lincuna, a series of confidence building activities between the Philippine and Japanese forces will be carried out in the next three days.

These confidence-building activities include a shipboard tour, a reception, and goodwill football and basketball games.

Japan has recently implemented its new law allowing the country to fight side-by-side with its allies.

This means that Japan may provide search and rescue assistance, and necessary logistics support to the armed forces of foreign countries — if such support addresses threats to international peace and security.

Also read: Japan's new security laws take effect

Tokyo and Manila have also signed an agreement allowing Japan to transfer defense equipment to the Philippines.

This military activity between Japan and the Philippines comes after the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) confirmation that the U.S. will establish five bases in the Philippines.

Also read: U.S., Philippines announce five military bases for EDCA

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