Japanese naval sqaudron to visit Mumbai on Aug 23

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Mumbai, Aug 21 (UNI) The Japan Training Squadron (JTS) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) will be on a four-day goodwill visit to the city from August 23.

The squadron will arrive at the Indira Dock here as part of the ''five-month 10-country: 13 port Overseas Training Cruise'' to impart practical training to develop seamanship and leadership skills in the newly commissioned officers, a release issued by Consulate General of Japan said today.

The squadron commanded by Rear Admiral Chinkara Inoue will consist of the 4,050 tonne flagship ''Kashima'', 3,500 tonne ''Umigiri'' and 3,500 tonne ''Asagiri'' with a total crew of 710 officers, including 173 newly commissioned officers.

During its halt, the squadron will pay courtesy call on the Governor of Maharashtra, Mayor of the city and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.

Sports events between the Indian Navy and JTS, ship visits by Indian students and sight seeing by JTS crew will be also included.

The squadron will proceed to Singapore on August 26, the release added.


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