Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force Training Ships JDS Kashima, JDS Shimayuki and JDS Matsuyuki are on a visit to Mumbai from 21 to 26 Jun 12. Rear Admiral Hidetoshi Fuchinoue, Commander Japan Training Squadron is the senior officer present afloat.
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The ships are on overseas training cruise and visiting 14 countries in the Indian Ocean Region.
On the sidelines of the visit, Rear Admiral Fuchinoue, Commander Japan Training Squadron along with Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan at New Delhi interacted with the Commander in Chief, Western Naval Command. In addition, various cultural/social/sports activities were organised for the visiting Japanese ships.
Both countries have come a long way in institutionalising the defence relationship between the two countries. The Navies over the years have built up high levels of interoperability through conduct of of bi-lateral exercises. Both Navies share converging views on the maritime areas of Anti-Piracy, Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief, Information Sharing, amphibious warfare training and submarine rescue operations. Japan has also been an important trade partner and supportive of India in the world forums.
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