Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 08, 2013 10:18 ET

Japanese Warships Visit Halifax

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 8, 2013) - Three Japanese warships arrived in Halifax harbour this morning, marking the second visit in two years for Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force. The ships Kashima, Shirayuki and Isoyuki will be in Halifax until Thursday, July 11.

"We are pleased to work with the Consulate General of Japan to welcome the Squadron's three ships and nearly 700 sailors to Halifax," stated the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "Such efforts enhance the dynamic relationship between our two nations facilitating unified global peace and security operations."

"Our defence relationship with Japan is excellent, based not only on strong cultural and economic links, but also on shared viewpoints on a wide range of issues," said Rear-Admiral Dave Gardam, Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic. "I look forward to meeting the Squadron's Commander, Rear-Admiral Fumiyuki Kitagawa, and his officers and crew, to share with them our maritime experience in an effort to further support defence cooperation."

The three-day port visit from the force's Training Squadron is part of a five-month, 18-country tour fostering intercontinental goodwill.

As a part of the visit, local residents and media are invited to experience Japanese culture through world-class performances by the Squadron's drum band at Grand Parade Square at 4 p.m. on July 9. Ship tours will be available to the public from 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 8-9 at Her Majesty's Canadian Dockyard Halifax.

Note to Editors / News Directors: For further information, please contact Maritime Forces Atlantic Public Affairs at 902-427-3766 or via email to +marlantpublicaffairs@forces.gc.ca.

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