Saturday, August 27, 2016

Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force's vessels call at Valletta Port

Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force's vessels have sailed into Valletta Port this afternoon on a courtesy visit. The three vessels are:
  • the training ship JDS Kashima (3508) 
  • the training ship JDS Setoyuki (3518) - a reconverted Hatsuyuki-class destroyer
  • the Asagiri-class destroyer JDS Asagiri (151) - has an SH-60J helicopter on board, serial 8282
The Japanese training squadron in currently on a world cruise lasting up to early November.  The aim is for the officers, who graduated from the Officer Candidate School of the Japan Maritime Self-defence Force, to acquire seamanship and promote friendly relations between Japan and the countries on their itinerary.  The squadron, commanded by Rear-Admiral Hidetoshi Iwasaki, has aboard 750 officers and enlisted men, and 200 cadets including 20 women.

The Japanese squadron is presently berthing alongside at Pinto wharves.  The squadron will be open for the public on Monday (Aug. 29th) from 10.00 a.m. to noon and from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. 

The three Japanese vessels are expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Aug. 30th. (27-Aug-2016)