Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer AKEBONO (DD 108) arrived at the Trincomalee on an official visit today (28th October 2023). 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 JMSDF and she is manned by 172 as crewmembers. She is commanded by Commander Hisato SOTOKAWA, who is also expected to call on Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Suresh De Silva in the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters.

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

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