Japanese Navy Vessel SAMIDARE Visits Colombo

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The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Murasame-class destroyer, SAMIDARE (DD-106), arrived in Colombo yesterday as part of a formal visit. The Sri Lanka Navy greeted the 150.5-meter-long vessel in accordance with maritime customs.

SAMIDARE, manned by 202 crew members and commanded by Commander KOGA Naoki, serves under the JMSDF. Today, the ship’s captain met with Rear Admiral Saman Perera, Commander of the Western Naval Area, at the Western Naval Headquarters. During their stay, the crew will explore local tourist attractions.

Following its official visit, SAMIDARE (DD-106) is scheduled to depart the island on June 22nd. Prior to leaving, the ship will participate in a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with a Sri Lanka Navy vessel in the waters off Colombo.