Thursday, June 21, 2012

Japanese military chief pays courtesy call on AFP's Dellosa

The military chief of Japan visited the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday to enhance and further promote cooperation between the two Asian countries.
Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, the chief of the Joint Staff of the Japanese Self-Defense Force, arrived at Camp Aguinaldo this afternoon for a courtesy call on AFP chief of staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa.
Iwasaki and other top Japanese military officials are in the country as part of the Pacific Partnership 2012, a two-week humanitarian mission in Samar, AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos said. 
Also joining PP 2012 is the United States with its premier hospital ship, the USNS Mercy.
Iwasaki and his party will fly to Calbayog City, Samar on Thursday to visit the event where 62 Japanese personnel as well as the Japanese ship Oosumi are conducting medical and dental mission. 
Iwasaki is also expected to visit the headquarters of the Tactical Operations Group 8 of the Philippine Air Force in Tacloban, Leyte.
"The meetings...will most likely center on cooperation between the two armed forces when it comes to further improving preparations and strengthening partnerships in humanitarian assistance and disasterresponse," Burgos said.
The AFP welcomes the visit of Iwasaki for the Philippine military to further enhance its disaster response capabilities, he added. 
 Abigail C. Kwok | | June 20, 2012 | Article Link

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