| Achong Tanjong |
THE Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) welcomed three Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships – JS Sawagiri, JS Yamagiri and JS Yamayuki at the Muara Commercial Port on Sunday.
The head of delegation, Captain Isamu Kaji, Commander, Escort Division 11 and his 550 crew, comprising 161 officers and 389 enlisted personnel, were greeted by Commander Azrin bin Haji Mahmud, RBN, Commanding Officer of KDB Darulaman and other RBN officers and personnel. The JMSDF ships will be in Brunei Darussalam for a four-day goodwill visit until February 14, 2018.
Captain Isamu Kaji, Commander of Escort Division 11 called on First Admiral Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Norazmi bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad, Commander of the RBN yesterday.
Motohiko Kato, Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam; Commander Ryohei Kanemaru, Commanding Officer of the JS Yamagiri; Commander Mariko Tezuka, Commanding Officer of the JS Yamayuki and Commander Taro Terashima, Commanding Officer of the JS Sawagiri, were also present.
The RBN Commander welcomed Captain Kaji and the delegation to Brunei Darussalam. Both sides expressed their satisfaction with the active bilateral defence relationship and the close friendship shared by the RBN and JMSDF.
Captain Isamu Kaji will pay a courtesy call to Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) today.
A reception was held on the JS Yamagiri last night. Present at the reception were the RBN Commander as the guest of honour as well as service commanders, deputy permanent secretaries, senior officers and officers of the Ministry of Defence and the RBAF.
The JMSDF ships will conduct a Passage Exercise with KDB Darussalam. As part of their visit programme, the ships will have an ‘open day’ and the crews will conduct a beach cleaning campaign at the Meragang Beach as well as a visit to Brunei Darussalam’s cultural sites. The JMSDF ships next port call will be Bangkok Port, Thailand.
The last JMSDF ship to visit the country was the JS Kirisame in May 2017.