Two vessels of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) made a ‘port call’ at Chattogram Port on Sunday-Tuesday to promote goodwill and strengthen cooperation between the JMSDF and the Bangladesh Navy.
The vessels are BUNGO (Mine Sweeper Tender) and TAKASHIMA (Mine Sweeper Coastal), according to the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.
During the port call, various exchange programmes such as reception on board, visit to Bangladesh Naval Academy, and goodwill exercises were conducted between the JMSDF and the Bangladesh Navy.On the occasion of the reception hosted by Captain Seiji Ikubo, Commander of the dispatched force, charge d'affaires Hiroyuki Yamaya highlighted that this visit will play an important role to further strengthen cooperation between Bangladesh and Japan.
Yamaya and Captain Ikubo met Rear Admiral M Abu Ashraf, Commander Chattogram Naval Area, Rear Admiral Zulfiqur Aziz, Commander Bangladesh Navy Fleet, Rear Admiral M Nazmul Hassan, Chairman, Chattogram Port Authority, and AJM Nasir Uddin, Mayor, Chattogram City Corporation, as well as visited Chattogram War Cemetery and presented flower to the tombstone dedicated for the 19 Japanese soldiers deceased in the World War 2, during their stay in Chattogram, said the Embassy.
The BUNGO and the TAKASHIMA have left Chattogram Port on Tuesday after participating in various interacting programmes with their Bangladeshi counterparts.
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