| Achong Tanjong |
THREE Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships departed last Thursday after concluding a successful four-day goodwill visit to Brunei Darussalam.
The warships – DD Matsuyuki, DD Yugiri and TV Shirayuki – are carrying more than 600 JMSDF personnel onboard including 110 officer candidates.
Commander of the Japan Overseas Training Cruise, Captain Masami Kato, on behalf of the crew said the objectives of the visit were to train officer candidates who have just graduated in early February and to promote friendship with the countries visited.
“In this training cruise, we are visiting Brunei Darussalam, Thailand and the Japanese city of Okinawa for 38 days with three ships carrying 110 selected officer candidates.
“This is the first port of call after leaving Japan and also the 11th official call made by JMSDF ships to Brunei,” he said.
He added that Brunei and Japan have built amicable bilateral relations and are having good defence exchanges.
So this port call will surely deepen the relationship that already exists between both countries.
He expressed his hope that all his officer candidates and crew will study the history and culture of both countries, adding that they enjoyed their stay in the Sultanate.
On behalf of the crew he expressed his appreciation at being able to visit a beautiful country.
While in the country, the JMSDF overseas training warships opened their doors to the public, allowing visitors a rare opportunity to experience first-hand the role and function of the warships.
The visits by the JMSDF are part of the enhanced mutual cooperation between them and the Royal Brunei Navy.
The Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam, in a statement said, previous visits by the JMSDF to Brunei have been successful in enhancing mutual cooperation between both forces and a similar successful outcome is expected from this recently concluded visit.
While in the country, the JMSDF personnel took the opportunity to visit places of interest including the capital, which was arranged by local travel agent, Freme Travel Services.