(above) JS Kashima Departs first, (below) JS Isoyuki and JS Shirayuki Follow.
For the second time in recent memory, the JMSDF is on a world training tour, and making a stop in Halifax. The JMSDF undertakes to tours to give crews extended sea time. The three vessels arrived yesterday, and moved to the dockyard this morning. The ships Kashima, Shirayuki and Isoyuki will be in Halifax until Thursday, July 11.
(Above) JS SHIRAYUKI in the Anchorage this morning prior to moving to the dockyard. JS KASHIMA had already moved, but was here on the last trip August 2011.
The three-day port visit from the force’s Training Squadron is part of a five-month, 18-country tour fostering intercontinental goodwill.
As a part of the visit, local residents and media are invited to experience Japanese culture through world-class performances by the Squadron’s drum band at Grand Parade Square at 4 p.m. on July 9. Ship tours will be available to the public from 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 8-9 at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Halifax.
The Japanease Navy Departed this morning,
After Leaving the Dockyard, They formed up in the Basin, with HMCS Ville De Quebec Taking the Lead.
JS Kashima Followed
Crews from all vessels were on Deck to wave. Ville de Quebec seemed to be hosting a family day.
JS Asagiri was next
JS Mineyuki Brought up the rear
Arriving in port this morning are 3 Vessels on the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. They were originally scheduled to arrive on the 11th, Hence them anchoring, instead of tying up directly at the dockyard.
Welcome to Our Japanese Visitors.
JS Mineyuki (DD 124) a Hatsuyuki Class destroyer
JS Asagiri (TV 3516) an Asagiri Class Destroyer – now classed as a Training Vessel
JS Kashima (TV 3508), a Kashima Class training vessel