Japanese war ships berth at Kochi port

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on July 07, 2011 Published on July 07, 2011

As part of the visit, knowledge and experience on anti-piracy operations were exchanged.

Two warships of the Japanese Navy (Japan Maritime Self Defence Force or JMSDF) — Japanese Defence Ship (JDS) Samidare and JDS Umigiri — berthed at Kochi early today, en route their anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Eden.

The Destroyers, with Captain Hideyuki Ooban, Commander Escort Division Four, were received at entrance of the harbour by INS Kabra. Mr Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan in India, has arrived in Kochi for the occasion and was at the jetty to receive the warships. The Southern Naval Command band was also in attendance at the formal reception accorded to the visiting ships on berthing at the jetty.


The itinerary for the visiting ships at Kochi included mutual visits and other exchanges. Mr Saiki accompanied by the Defence Attaché of Japan, met Vice-Admiral K. N. Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, at the headquarters Southern Naval Command. The Ambassador also visited some of the naval training facilities here.

Later in a briefing for the visiting delegation, the two sides exchanged their knowledge and experience on anti-piracy operations. JMSDF has been contributing to the international anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden for more than two years, like the Indian Navy which has been carrying out anti-piracy patrols in that region since October 2008.

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Published on July 07, 2011
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