Japanese navy destroyer, Hamagiri arrives in Vladivostok, Russia

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Asagiri-class destroyer, Hamagiri (DD-155) has arrived in Vladivostok, Russia to take part in the SAREX 2017 Search and Rescue Exercise.

During the visit, it is planned to hold organizational meetings to finalize the modalities of training episodes. Moreover, Russian and Japan seaman will hold football and volleyball tournaments.

The SAREX exercise will take place in the Peter the Great Gulf on November 25.

Earlier, from October 14 to 18, Vladivostok was visited by a detachment of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships including the destroyer Harusame and the training ship Kasima.

The Asagiri-class destroyers were built during the 1980s for service with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force.

This class of general purpose destroyer is an extended version of its predecessor Hatsuyuki-class destroyers, and is mainly tasked with Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-surface Warfare (ASuW).

The Asagiri-class vessels feature several enhancements and/or improvements over the Hatusyuki-class, such as COGAG propulsion System, advanced radar systems, full-configuration destroyer combat direction system (CDS) and enlarged aircraft facility.

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