JDS Takanami and JDS Ohnami, destroyers of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF), called at the port here while on way for anti-piracy deployment in the Gulf of Aden.
Indian Navy's diving support and submarine rescue vessel INS Nireekshak, based at the Southern Naval Command here, welcomed the visiting ships at the entrance of the Kochi harbour. Officials from the command along with the command band attended the reception for the ships. Colonel Nobutaka Mikasa, Japanese Defence Attache to India, and officials from the Japanese consulate in Chennai, also arrived in Kochi to welcome the ships.
Captain Takaki Mizuma, Commander of Escort Division Six of the JMSDF, and senior members of the Japanese delegation called on Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande, Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command on Thursday. Mutual visit by the two navies and professional exchanges on topics of common interest were conducted during the day.
Later, officials from the Japanese Consulate along with personnel aboard the defence ships visited the Indian Coast Guard District Headquarters No. 4 at Fort Kochi and interacted with T.K. S. Chandran, Coast Guard District Commander. Officers of the Coast Guard component of the JMSDF also visited CGDHQ. 4 and interacted with Indian Coast Guard officers. The Japanese defence ships will leave Kochi on Friday.