Two Japanese warships and 550 officers and crew docked at the Colombo Port on a three-day goodwill visit recently. The visit concluded on Saturday (21 May), the Japanese Embassy in Sri Lanka said yesterday (25).
The vessels comprised ‘JS Kashima,’ a training ship and a destroyer, ‘S Shimakaze,’. The two warships were commanded by Rear Admiral Shukaku Komuta. During the visit, naval exercises were conducted with the Sri Lanka Navy ship ‘P623 Sayurala’ on 21 May. This exercise further strengthened bilateral naval ties which will contribute to ensuring safety and security of the Indian Ocean, as well as peace and prosperity of the region, which is a holding pillar of a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” the Embassy said.
The Japanese naval officers also paid a courtesy call on the Navy Commander and Deputy Chief of Staff. The visit included lectures given by the Embassy’s Charge d’ Affaires, Kotaro Kastuki and SLN’s Director Naval Operations, Commodore M.H.N. Peiris. The Japanese crew and officers conducted a study tour of two SLN warships, ‘P625 Parakramabahu’ and ‘P623 Sayurala’ as well as the Colombo dockyard.
The visiting sailors paid floral tributes at the Japanese section of the Borella Cemetery. Japanese residents in Sri Lanka and General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University cadets were afforded study tours of the two Japanese warships.