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* Japanese war ships on anti-piracy mission dock in Sri Lanka port
Tue, Apr 1, 2014, 06:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 01, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Japanese war ships on their arrival at the Colombo port Tuesday.

Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) destroyers, Inazuma - 105 and Umigiri - 158 arrived at the Port of Colombo on April 01 on a goodwill and logistic visit. The ships are en route for counter piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden.

Head of the team, Commander of Escort Division Eight of Japanese Navy, Captain Koji Tachikawa and ships' Commanding Officers paid a courtesy call on Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Colombo today and held discussions.

Inazuma - 105 commanded by Commander Shunichiro Kachi with a complement of 170 naval personnel is 151 meters in length and has a displacement of 4,550 tons.

Umigiri - 158, commanded by Commander Matuda Mituteru is 137 meters in length and has a displacement of 3,550 tons. The ship's complement consists of 190 naval personnel.

The ships will remain in Sri Lanka till Wednesday April 02 and their crews are scheduled to take part in a series of special programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy to strengthen the friendship and the goodwill between the two Navies.

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