Japanese Training Squadron to visit Jamaica to mark 50th Year of Diplomatic Relations

To mark Japan and Jamaica’s 50th Year of Diplomatic Relations and the Japan-Caricom Friendship Year, a Japanese Training Squadron (Ocean Navigation Training Ships of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (MSDF)) will visit Jamaica from 22-25 July 2014 for the first time in MSDF’s history since 1957.


The Squadron is consisted of three Maritime Vessels (Training Vessel KASHIMA, Training Vessel SETOYUKI, and Destroyer ASAGIRI) and will berth at the Kingston Container Terminal.

During their stay in Jamaica, members of the Squadron will participate in a number of engagements with officials of the Government of Jamaica, the Jamaica Defence Force, the Jamaica Coast Guard and members of the Jamaican cadet.

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In addition, members of the Squadron will participate in exchange programmes with Jamaican citizens which includes a musical concert on Tuesday evening (July 22) from 5-7 p.m. at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, to which the public is invited.