Japanese Navy Destroyer JS Amagiri Visits Manila, Philippines

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Asagiri-class destroyer, JS Amagiri (DD-154), arrived at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila for a two-day goodwill visit on Feb. 2.

This was the first visit of a JMSDF ship in the country this year. The destroyer was embarking one SH-60J helicopter and approximately 200 officers and crew on board.

Philippine Navy (PN) vessel BRP Rajah Humabon (PS11) rendered customary meeting procedures at Corregidor Island and escorted the vessels to its designated anchorage area.

PN delegates headed by the representative of the Flag Officer In Command (FOIC), PN, Capt. Ricardo B. Martin, accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a port briefing related to health and security aboard JS Amagiri.

The vessel was docked in Manila until Feb. 4.

JS Amagiri (DD-154)

JS Amagiri (DD-154) is an Asagiri-class destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

The Asagiri-class destroyers were built during the 1980s. This class of general purpose destroyer is an extended version of its predecessor Hatsuyuki-class destroyers, and is mainly tasked with Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-surface Warfare (ASuW) missions.

The Asagiri-class vessels feature several enhancements and/or improvements over the Hatusyuki-class, such as COGAG propulsion System, advanced radar systems, full-configuration destroyer combat direction system (CDS) and enlarged aircraft facility.

Asagiri, Yūgiri, and Amagiri were named after World War II destroyers. Amagiri’s World War II namesake rammed and sank PT-109.

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