Japanese training squadron visits Da Nang

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Japanese training squadron visits Da Nang

Vessel INAZUMA at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang City, Vietnam on February 24, 2022. Photo: V.D. / Tuoi Tre

Two ships from the Japanese Training Squadron, manned by a combined crew of approximately 480 officers and sailors, made a port call to Da Nang on Thursday, beginning a visit to the central Vietnamese city.

The vessels — HATAKAZE and INAZUMA — led by Colonel II Masaaki, commander of training vessel unit No. 1 of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, arrived at Tien Sa Port on Thursday morning.

Representatives of the Da Nang Department of External Affairs, the Naval Region 3 Command, the Military Region 5 Command, the city’s border guard and military commands, and the External Relations Department of the Ministry of National Defense held a welcome ceremony for the Japanese officers and sailors upon their arrival.

Members of the Japanese delegation arrive at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang City, Vietnam on February 24, 2022. Photo: V.D. / Tuoi Tre

Members of the Japanese delegation arrive at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang City, Vietnam on February 24, 2022. Photo: V.D. / Tuoi Tre

The event was also attended by Japanese Consul General in Da Nang Yakabe Yoshinori, Deputy Consul General Shimonishi Kyoshi, and Deputy Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Hamamoto Michinori from the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam.

Colonel II Masaaki said the visit aims to promote exchanges and mutual understanding between the Vietnam People’s Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, as well as defense cooperation between the two countries.

During the three-day trip from Thursday to Saturday, the head of the Japanese delegation will pay courtesy calls to leaders of Da Nang City and the Naval Region 3 Command via videoconference.

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