Two ships of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF), JS Uraga and Takashima are on a visit to Kochi, India from March 22 – 24.
During their stay in Kochi, the two minesweepers will have professional and informal interactions with the Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command.
On March 22, the commanding officers of the JMSDF ships called on the Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command. Other planned interactions include exchange of visits by specialist officers and men from both the navies with Indian Navy personnel visiting the Japanese Naval ships and vice versa.
Upon departure, the visiting ships will be escorted by Indian Navy ships Sunayna and Sharda off Kochi, where they will conduct a joint PASSEX.
According to the Indian Navy, the two ships previously visited Port Klang, Malaysia and will be sailing to Bahrain as their next stop.