Two warships belonging to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), JS Kaga and JS Inazuma, arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit, Sept. 30.
JS Kaga (DDH-184) is an Izumo-class helicopter carrier (officially classified by Japan as a helicopter destroyer) while JS Inazuma (DD-105) is a Murasame-class destroyer. The vessels were received by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions upon their arrival.
Kaga is a 248m long vessel with a displacement of 19,950 tons. Its crew is consisted of 400 naval personnel. Meanwhile, Inazuma is 151m in length with a displacement of 4,550 tons. It is manned by a crew of 170.
The crew members of the two vessels which are on a five-day official tour to Sri Lanka, will take part in a wide range of sporting and several other programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay. The ships are due to commence their remaining sailing itinerary from Colombo on 04th October.
Besides, Commander Escort Flotilla Four of JMSDF, Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda along with the Commanding Officers of ‘Kaga’ Captain Hideki Mizuta and ‘Inazuma’ Commander Yuki Ochimizu are scheduled to call on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe on 01st October as well.