| Achong Tanjong |
JAPANESE Maritime Self Defence Force’s (JMSDF) overseas training warships opened their doors to the public yesterday to give them a rare opportunity to experience the roles and functions of the warships firsthand.
Huge crowds of people, including school children, flocked to Muara Commercial Port yesterday, where the three war vessels – DD Matsuyuki, DD Yugiri and TV Shirayuki were docked.
The warships arrived in the country on February 16 for a four-day goodwill visit and will depart for Japan on February 19.
The defence ships are open for the public from 9am to 5pm. Also on board the warship DD Matsuyuki is the Sea Sparrow, a short and long range missile.
The crew guided the visitors to tour the ship and answered their questions.
The public also had the opportunity to learn about the role of JMSDF, as well as to take a closer look at the equipment onboard the warships.
Mohammad Saban bin Haji Ishak from Muara took his children to visit the ships and said they enjoyed the visit. He also added that he was proud of JMSDF overseas training warships, adding that tours of the ships gave him and his family the opportunity to learn other countries’ military capabilities.
The visit by the JMSDF to the country is to enhance mutual cooperation between the Royal Brunei Navy and JMSDF, and at the same to develop closer relations and foster bilateral ties between the two nations.