JDS Takanami and JDS Ohnami two destroyers of Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF), called at Kochi for a brief stopover on their way for anti piracy deployment in the Gulf of Aden. Captain Takaki Mizuma Commander Escort Division Six is the Senior Officer embarked. INS Nireekshak from Southern Naval Command welcomed the visiting ships at the entrance to Kochi harbor. Officials from Southern Naval Command along with the Southern Naval Command band attended the reception arranged for the ships at their berth in Kochi harbor.
Colonel Nobutaka Mikasa the Defence Attache of Japan to India and the consulate officials from Chennai has also arrived to welcome the ship. The Commander Escort Division Six and other senior members of the delegation called on Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande, Chief of Staff Southern Naval Command. Mutual visits between the two Navies and professional exchanges on topics of mutual interest were conducted during the day. The ships will depart tomorrow.
Pix1 JDS Takanami coming alongside at Kochi
Pix2 Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande and Captain Takaki Mizuma Commander Escort Division Six exchanging mementos.