Two vessels, JS URAGA (Mine Sweeper Tender) and JS HIRADO (Mine Sweeper Ocean), of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) arrived at Chattogram port on Saturday for a goodwill port visit.
They will stay in Chattogram till Monday, said the Embassy of Japan. Upon arrival, Captain Noguchi Yasushi, commanding officer of the Deployment, and his officers, were received by Captain Masudul Karim Siddique, chief staff officer of Commander Chattogram Naval Area.
Ambassador Ito and Captain Noguchi will make courtesy calls on Rear Admiral Mohammad Mozammel Haque, commander, Chattogram Naval Area, Commodore Mir Ershad Ali, commander, Bangladesh Navy Fleet, and Rear Admiral M Shahjahan, chariman of Chattogram Port Authority, respectively today.
The Japanese delegates will also make a courtesy call on Md Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, mayor of Chattogram City Corporation.
Besides, JS HIRADO and JS URAGA will conduct a goodwill exercise with Bangladesh Navy in the surrounding sea on the concluding day of the visit on Monday.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) has made port visits to Chattogram two times before, in 2012 and in 2019.
This port visit is particularly significant, as it is the event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the two countries.
They will also visit Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Malaysia, returning to Japan on March 31, 2022.
It is expected that this port visit will not only strengthen bilateral relations between Japan and Bangladesh but also contribute to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”, which is a vision to secure peace, stability and prosperity in the region, reads the embassy release.