The Japan Training Squadron Overseas Cruise 2019 made a port call to the Suva wharf for the first time in 16 years today.
A total of 570 officers and crew are on board including 190 newly commissioned naval officers who graduated from Maritime Officer Candidate School this spring.
The training squadron Commander, Rear Admiral Daisuke Kajimoto said that this is the first time their Maritime Self-Defense Force annual overseas training cruise to be in Fiji 16 years since the inception of the cruise in 1957.
While welcoming the officers , Japanese ambassador to Fiji Mashiro Omura said this visit is Japanese initiation in enhancing the relations between Fiji and Japan.
Newly commissioned Officer Atushe Oku echoed what his commander and ambassador and said they are expected to learn the Fijian culture and history while and also enhance the relationship between the two countries
The cruise left Japan on the 21st of May and has visited seven different ports in 6 countries and is expected back in Yokosuka, Japan on October 24th.