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Tuesday, May 29 , 2012 - 05.10 GMT
Pakistani and Japanese naval ships arrive on goodwill visits


A Pakistani naval ship and two Japanese naval ships arrived at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port today on goodwill visits.

Pakistan Naval Ship Azmat, a missile fitted Fast Attack Craft FAC, is visiting Sri Lanka from May 28 to 31 on her maiden voyage to Pakistan after its commissioning in China on April 23.

The Ship AZMAT is commanded by Commander Ahmed Hussain of Pakistan Navy and it has 8 officers and 60 CPOs and sailors. The ship is equipped with state of the art weapons and sensors and command and control system and is capable of attaining 30 knots of speed with excellent maneuverability.

Pakistan Navy Ship AZMAT has visited other regional countries Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia before arriving in Sri Lanka as a part of the visit.

As part of goodwill, Pakistan Naval ships frequently pay port visits to Sri Lanka further strengthening the existing strong relationship between the two countries, the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo said.

"Such interactions also demonstrate both navies' resolve to contribute towards achieving a more secure and conducive maritime environment which is essential for the regional peace, prosperity and harmony," the High Commission stated.

The two Japanese ships "Ikazuchi" and "Sawagiri" belong to the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) with Commanding officer Escort Division Five, Captain Hirokazu Yamazaki onboard.

The two Japanese destroyers are en route to interchange for counter piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Arden.

Ikazuchi is 151 meters in length and has a displacement of 4,550 tons while Sawagiri, the 137-meter long destroyer has a displacement of 3,550 tons. Ikazuchi's complement of 180 naval personnel is commanded by Commander Masahiro SuZuki, while Commander Toshiki Nizsizwa commands the 190-personnel complement of Sawagiri.

Commanding Officer of the Escort Division Five and the Commanding Officers of the ships paid courtesy calls on the Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral DS Udawatta. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill, the Sri Lankan Navy said.





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