Japanese Ship Setogiri on a Goodwill Visit to Visakhapatnam
Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force’s Asagiri-class destroyer, JS Setogiri arrived at Visakhapatnam on a three-day goodwill visit to the Eastern Naval Command on 11 May 2018. The ship is on return passage after a six month deployment in the Gulf of Aden and was accorded a warm reception by officials from the Eastern Fleet with the Indian Naval Band in attendance on arrival.
The visit will encompass interaction between personnel of both the Navies in various professional, cultural, social and sports events including visits to the historic Buddhist heritage sites. Captain Susumu Moriyama, Commander Escort Division Seven and Commander Takeshi Tonegawa, Commanding Officer JS Setogiri called-on Vice Admiral MS Pawar, AVSM, VSM Chief of Staff at HQENC. The ship will also carry out Passage Exercise with Eastern Fleet ships which include naval manoeuvres, weapon firing, ASW exercises in the Bay of Bengal on departure from Visakhapatnam on 13 May 2018.
The two navies share a long standing relationship with regular professional interactions that include exchange programs, staff talks and training courses.