TOKYO, December 12. /ITAR-TASS/. The command of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force has announced on Thursday that Russia’s Pacific Fleet’s squadron comprising the large antisubmarine ship Admiral Vinogradov, Irkut tanker and Kalar tugboat, would visit the Maizuru naval base on the Honshu Island coast on December 16-20.
The Japanese Navy Staff told Itar-Tass that the Pacific Fleet ships on December 18 and 20 will take part in a joint search and rescue exercise in the area of Maizuru port. The exercise will involve the guided missile destroyer Shirane, Hayabusa missile boat and auxiliary vessels from the Japanese side.
The exercise participants will drill, in particular, signal exchange interaction, co-operation in sea rescue operations. The joint drills will be conducted for the 14th time. The feature of the current exercise is inspection of a boat suspected of piracy.
The Russian and Japanese Defense Ministries earlier this year agreed to also hold separate naval maneuvers in the area of the Gulf of Aden. They will focus exclusively on co-operation in antipiracy and counter-terrorism operations.