Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed three Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Tuesday.
The three Japanese Defence Force ships Kashima TV-3508, Shirayuki TV-3517, and Isoyuki DD-127 arrived at the Port of Colombo on 24th September 2013 on a goodwill and supply visit, the Navy said.
The ships with Cadet School Graduates of the JMSDF are in Sri Lanka to promote friendship between the two countries as part of their training cruise.
Head of the team, Commander Japan Training Squadron, Rear Admiral Fumiyuki Kitagawa and Kashima’s Commanding Officer, Captain Toshihiro Ohno paid a courtesy call on Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo.
They held cordial discussions and exchange mementos as a gesture of goodwill, the Navy said.
The 143-meter long Kashima is a training ship with 360 naval personnel onboard and has a displacement of 4,050 tons.
The 130-meter long Shirayuki is a destroyer with 200 naval personnel and a displacement of 2,950 tons.
Isoyuki, also a destroyer with a patrol helicopter onboard is 130 meters in length and has a displacement of 2,950 tons. It consists of a complement of 200 naval personnel.
The ships' complements will participate in a special programme organized by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay in Sri Lanka. The visiting Japanese ships will stay in Sri Lanka until 26th September.