Two Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships, “Ikazuchi” and “Murasame” arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on 03rd April 2015. They were welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on arrival.
The Commander Escort Division I, Captain Atsushi Nakasuji and Ships’ Commanding Officers, Commander Kazuharu Hokazono and Commander Kenji Fujii paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill.
A ship visit was also arranged by the visiting Japanese ships for SLN and SLCG family members with a view to strengthen the friendship. The ships’ crew also took part in a beach cleaning campaign at Mount Lavinia as part of their community help programmes during the ships’ goodwill visit to Sri Lanka.
The visiting Japanese ships are due to take part in a Passage Exercise (Passex) with two SLN craft in the seas off Colombo prior to their departure.