Indian Navy: Japanese missile destroyer, JS Sazanami called on Indian port Kochi for two days. The ship commanded by Commander Shoji Ishkawa was on a two day goodwill visit to Kochi from 13 Aug 19 while going to Somalia.
During the stay at Kochi, various activities such as visit of IN personnel onboard JS Sazanami and professional interaction between the two navies were conducted. The visiting crew were also given a conducted tour of the Anti-Submarine Warfare School and the Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel, INS Sunayna.
Both India and Japan have close defence cooperation and conduct joint naval and army military exercises to enhance the understanding and inter-operability between the two militaries.
JS Sazanami with about 25 officers, 156 sailors and eight Japanese Coast Guard personnel (3 officers + 5 sailors) on board for the current deployment will go to Bahrain.
Japanese Commanding Officer accompanied by Coast Guard Superintendent Koichiro Maeda, Commanding Officer, of the Somalia Dispatch Team of the Japanese Coast Guard, and Capt Taiko Eda, Resident Defense Attaché of Japan at New Delhi.
These officials of Japan Maritime Self Defence Force called on Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla Flag Officer Commanding -in- Chief, Southern Naval Command and discussed areas of mutual cooperation and interests.