JMSDF Destroyer Sazanami on Goodwill Visit to China

by OldSailor on June 23, 2008

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Bilateral relationship between China and Japan are improving. As part of improving relationship, Chinese Guided Missile Destroyer “Shenzhen” with about 350 crew members onboard, visited Japan on November 28, 2007.

Now Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Takanami class Destroyer “Sazanami” (DD-113) is on a goodwill visit to China. The destroyer has left home port Kure in southern Japan on June 19.

The interesting features of the goodwill visit are:

  • this is Japanese warship’s first visit to China since World War II.
  • led by Major General Shinichi Tokumaru.
  • the destroyer Sazanami with 240 crew members is carrying relief material for survivors of China’s deadly May 12 earthquake.
  • the destroyer Sazanami will stay in the southern Chinese navy port of Zhanjiang from June 24 to 28.
  • Chinese and Japanese Navy personnel will visit each other’s destroyers and participate in some sports, cultural exchange activities.

Here is the location map of Destroyer Sazanami – Chinese visit.

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Here are some photographs covering the departure of destroyer “Sazanami” at Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, on June 19, 2008.

Here is a video clip of JMSDF.

Here is the press conference report dated June 17, of Defense Minister, Japan on the Chinese visit.

Update: June 24

JMSDF Destroyer Sazanami arrived Zhanjiang on June 24 on a five-day visit to China. For some photographs and more information read China View.

Update: June 26

Here is an interesting video clip of Destroyer Sazanami’s Chinese visit.

Update: June 29

On completion of five days visit, Destroyer Sazanami left China on June 28. Read more from China View here and here.

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