Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer ‘Akebono’ (DD 108) arrived at the Trincomalee harbour on an official visit today. 

Upon her arrival, the ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions.
The 150.5 m long destroyer serves in the JMSDF and is manned by 172 crew members. She is commanded by Commander Hisato Sotokawa, who is also expected to call on Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Suresh De Silva at the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters. 

During the ship’s stay, the crew will take part in several programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, with a view to promoting cooperation and goodwill between the two navies. In addition, they are also expected to go on sightseeing excursions as well.

The ship is scheduled to depart the island on 31 October and on her departure, she will take part in a Photoex with a Sri Lanka Naval ship off Trincomalee.

-daily mirror