Two Japanese naval ships, arrived at the Port of Colombo for logistics requirements yesterday, the navy headquarters said.
The ships were en route for Counter Piracy Operations off the Coast of Somaliya and in the Gulf of Aden.
Head of the team, Commander Escort Division 6, Captain Tsutomu Iwasawa and other visiting officers paid a courtesy call on Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral SirimevanRanasinghe of the Sri Lanka Navy at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Colombo. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill.
“Akebono” is a destroyer with two helicopters onboard. It is 151 meters in length. It consists of a complement of 190 naval personnel and has a displacement of 4,550 tons. “Hamagiri” is also a destroyer with a helicopter onboard. It is 137 meters in length and has a displacement of 3,550 tons. It consists of a complement of 220 naval personnel.
The ships’ complements will participate in a special programme organized by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay in Sri Lanka. The visiting Japanese ships will stay in Sri Lanka until today.
We Sri Lankans never forgot when the Japanese Bombed Colombo and Trincomalee during world war 2. Mostly Muslim Sri Lankans perished. Where our grand fathers were in Ceylon Royal Army. Government should not try to put salt in wounds, even though the government never asked for compensation.
Justice Seeker Friday, 26 April 2013 09:40 AM
Japan has estimated just 2 warships are enough for Sri Lanka, lol :-D
Grace Friday, 26 April 2013 09:48 AM
Naz! Do not forget how Japan contributed to our country's development after WW2, without expecting anything in return.
cmblk Friday, 26 April 2013 10:57 AM
They donated a TV broadcasting station to sell their TVs, there arer several such development works by Japan!
SAM_SPARROW Friday, 26 April 2013 11:23 AM
Plese don't tell any jokes here Nazi, Why are you putting your religious stuff here?
Kira Friday, 26 April 2013 11:29 AM
Did they do Mahaveli project to sell water to us???
Ravi Friday, 26 April 2013 11:14 PM
They bomed British,Not Sri Lankans.
k. soysa Saturday, 27 April 2013 12:32 AM
They were not involved in Mahaweli; only the UK, Germany, Sweden and Denmark and Canada in a smaller role. And, of course the GOSL.
Cobra Saturday, 27 April 2013 01:13 AM
Iranian warships, Indians warships and now Japanese to be followed by North Korean warships- all in Colombo.But why not Magampura Harbor?
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