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Japanese naval ships arrive in Colombo

March 02, 2022

Two ships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), ‘URAGA’ and ‘HIRADO’ arrived to Sri Lanka on 01st and 2nd (March) respectively. The ships which belong to the Minesweeper Division One of the JMSDF had arrived making a formal visit, reports Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) media.

Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval customs had accorded a traditional welcome to the visiting Japanese ships upon their arrival to the country, it says.

Minesweeper Division One is Commanded by Captain NOGUCHI Yasushi. The 141m long Minesweeper Tender ‘URAGA’ is commanded by Commander KONDO Koji and carries a crew of 130, it says.

The Minesweeper Ocean ‘HIRADO’, a 67m long ship carries a crew of 55 and is commanded by Lieutenant Commander ITO Akira, it says.

Prior to arriving at the port of Colombo, both ships conducted a successful naval exercise with the Sri Lanka Navy Ship (SLNS) Sindurala off Colombo on 28th February where Divisional Tactics (DIVTACS), Maneuvering Exercises and Photo Exercise (PHOTOEX) were among the Exercises worked off, it says.

The visiting ships are scheduled to depart Sri Lanka on the 03rd (March).The proceedings of the visit of the ships will be conducted adhering to COVID-19 protocols, Navy media further says.