Japanese Naval Ships

Three Japanese naval ships have arrived at the local port in Mombasa Today.

The three ships carrying about 750 officers is the first Japanese naval vessel to dock in Mombasa in more than 45 years.

Tourism in the coast area and Kenya in general is expected to rise after the navy’s visit. It is speculated that the navy usually makes rounds to possible destinations of its citizens during holiday season.

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Several cruise ships are expected to bring tourists to Mombasa between November and December.

The officers under the command of Rear-Admiral Hidetoshi Iwasaki are expected to stay overnight in hotels around the coastal region while about 200 officers will go to Nairobi for various functions.

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Rear-Admiral Iwasaki said the officers started the sea voyage in May. They have visited countries which have good ties with Japan to gain knowledge about the sea while interacting with foreign naval forces.

The ships – JS Kashima, JS Setoyuki and JS Asagiri – have so far visited the United States, Panama, United Kingdom, Lithuania, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Malta and Djibouti.

The vessels will be departing Mombasa on Monday for Sri Lanka and then the Philippines before returning to Japan on November 4.

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Japanese Ambassador to Kenya, Toshitsugu Uesawa, was present to welcome the Japanese naval ships. Speaking at the port, he said the visit was as a result of good relations between the two countries. He also promised that the Japanese Navy would continue to work with their Kenyan counterparts.

”The visit by our naval ships is a symbolic event to showcase the cordial relationship between Japan and Kenya which has existed for many years,” he said.

”The ultimate goal for Japan is to ensure peace and development on the African continent and to achieve this we have been working with partners including Kenya.”

”We have a defense force base in Djibouti which has played a key role in addressing piracy off Somalia Coast,” he added.