The Japanese maritime self defence force ship ‘Ikazuchi’ arrived at the port of Hambantota today (15th January) on a goodwill visit. The ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions, on her arrival, the Navy media unit said.
Subsequently, the Mission Commander, Captain Ryoko Azuma accompanied by the Commanding Officer and a host of officers of the ship paid a courtesy call on Commander Southern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Kapila Samaraweeara at the Southern Naval Command Headquarters.
They held cordial discussions focused on enhancing of mutual cooperation. The Deputy Area Commander of Southern Naval Command, Commodore Ranjith Premarathn and the Defence Attaché of the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka, Captain Atsuhiro Morore were also present on this occasion.
During the 3 day official visit, the ship’s crew is scheduled to visit popular tourist destinations and participate in several special events organized by the Sri Lanka Navy in a bid to enhance camaraderie between the two forces.