FY2012 Maritime Self-Defense Force Overseas Training Cruise

Chief of the Joint Staff General Iwasaki and Chief of the Maritime Staff Admiral Sugimoto seeing the training vessels off at Harumi
Chief of the Joint Staff General Iwasaki and Chief of the Maritime Staff Admiral Sugimoto seeing the training vessels off at Harumi

Maritime Self-Defense Force Overseas Training Cruise is implemented for junior officers who have graduated from the general officer candidate course at the Maritime Officer Candidate School. Maritime Self-Defense Force Overseas Training Cruise is aimed at allowing students to exercise the knowledge and skills they have acquired at school in the field, helping students become accustomed to the sea, and developing the qualities that are required in SDF officers.

In addition, visiting other countries as part of the training not only contributes to the cultivation of an international sensibility among the dispatched officers, but also contributes to the promotion of friendly relations with other countries.

Maritime Self-Defense Force Overseas Training Cruise has been carried out every year since 1957, and it totals 56th time to FY2012 inclusive. The training period spans a total of 154 days from May 22 to October 22. An approximate 760 personnel including 190 officer trainees have been dispatched on the training vessels “Kashima” and “Shimayuki,” as well as on the destroyer “Matsuyuki.” One Second Lieutenant from the Royal Thai Navy has also participated in the training.

The vessels visit the following countries, in order of their ports of call: Philippines, Thailand, India, Maldives, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Tanzania, Seychelles, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Cambodia. The total navigation distance is scheduled to be 48,000km.

Passage voyage summary

Passage voyage summary
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