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Japan, Fiji Conduct Friendship Goodwill Exercise

The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022 (IPD22) unit on the Japanese (JS) KirisameNaval Ship, conducted a goodwill exercise with the Republic of Fiji Military Force Naval Division RFNS Kikau to strengthen their collaboration.
18 Aug 2022 09:00
Japan, Fiji Conduct Friendship Goodwill Exercise
Fijian Navy personnel with their Japanese counterpart of Naval vessel JS Kirisame at Kings Wharf in Suva on August 17, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022 (IPD22) unit on the Jap­anese (JS) KirisameNaval Ship, conducted a goodwill exer­cise with the Republic of Fiji Mili­tary Force Naval Division RFNS Kikau to strengthen their collabo­ration.

Captain and Commanding Officer of JS Kirisame, Sakata Atsushi said that the exercise was mainly to improve JS Kirisame tactical ca­pabilities and also to promote mu­tual understanding with the Fijian Navy.

“The exercise include tactical ma­neuvering and this is the first time exercise with Fiji,” he said.

“Preventive measures against COVID-19 were also implemented during the exercise.”

The exercise began in Fiji Waters on August 15 before docking at the­ Suva Port on August 18.

55 naval officers out of the 117 crew from the Japanese Naval Ship along with the Fijian naval offic­ers also took part in the mangrove planting initiative and cleanup along the Nasese foreshore on Tuesday.

Naval attaché of the Embassy of Japan in Fiji and Australia, Amanuma Tomoyuki said they have been encouraging naval offic­ers on board to participate in this kind of programme.

“This is not the only programme we have but we also have other working programmes on board that will be open to the public this Wednesday”.

Mr Tomoyuki said this is a great programme as the Japanese Gov­ernment is also supportive of the fight against Climate Change pro­grammes.

 

JS Kirisame Naval Ship

The naval ship was commissioned on March 18, 1999.

The ship was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co. Limited Na­gasaki Shipyard. The naval ship “Kirisame” means drizzle, has a length of 151.0m with 60,000 horse­power and a speed of more than 30 knots.

It was open to the public for tour yesterday.

Captain and Commanding Officer of JS Kirisame, Sakata Atsushi, said the ship departs today to visit other Pacific Regions.

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