Jakarta (VNA) – Two destroyers of the Japanese Marine Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) docked at Tanjung Priok port in North Jakarta on June 4 as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

First Admiral Denih Hendrata, commander of Indonesian Navy of Jakarta’s Main Base III, said the visit is expected to strengthen partnership between the two countries’ marine forces through sharing knowledge and experience.

Rear Admiral Hiroyuki Izumi, commander of the two fleets, said the bilateral friendship plays a crucial role in maintaining prosperity and security in Asia.

The two ships carrying 600 personnel, including 191 young cadets who had just graduated from the JMSDF Academy will stay in Jakarta until June 8.

The two destroyers Makinami (weighing 4,650 tonnes) and Kashima (weighing 4,050 tonnes) will be opened for public for a day visit on June 6.

JSDMF holds a long distance sailing annually to train the young cadets about global perspective and partnership. 

This year, they are sailing through distance of 31 thousand miles around the world within five months from May 21 to October 30 and visiting 10 countries with 12 stops.-VNA