FY2012 Maritime Self-Defense Force Overseas Training Cruise Returns to Japan

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyajima addressing the officers
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyajima addressing the officers

The training vessels “Kashima” and “Shimayuki,” and the destroyer “Matsuyuki” returned to Japan on October 22. The three vessels had departed Japan on May 22 this year and visited 14 ports in 14 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East, and East Africa, as part of FY2012 MSDF Overseas Training Cruise.

At the event held to commemorate their return to Japan, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyajima and MSDF Chief of Staff Kawano addressed the junior officers.

The trainee officers that have completed the training voyage have embarked on their next assigned posts.

There were scenes of joyous reunion at the quay as officers met their families and played with their children for the first time in a long while.

Training vessel “Kashima” entering port
Training vessel “Kashima” entering port
Long-awaited reunion between father and children
Long-awaited reunion between father and children
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