Two vessels- the BUNGO (Mine Sweeper Tender) and the TAKASHIMA (Mine Sweeper Coastal) – of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has made a Port Call at Chattogram Port on 6th– 8th October 2019.
The visit aims at promoting goodwill and strengthening cooperation between the JMSDF and the Bangladesh Navy. During the port call, various exchange programmes such as reception on board, visit to Bangladesh Naval Academy, and goodwill exercises were conducted between the JMSDF and the Bangladesh Navy.
On the occasion of the reception hosted by Captain Seiji IKUBO, Commander of the dispatched force, Mr. Hiroyuki YAMAYA, Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim highlighted that this visit will play an important role to further strengthen cooperation between Japan and Bangladesh.
Mr. YAMAYA and Captain IKUBO made courtesy calls to Rear Admiral M Abu Ashraf, BSP, ncc, psc, Commander Chattogram Naval Area, Rear Admiral Zulfiqur Aziz, psc, Commander Bangladesh Navy Fleet, Rear Admiral M Nazmul Hassan, NPP, ndc, ncc, psc, Chairman, Chattogram Port Authority, and H.E. Mr. Janab Al Haj A J M Nasir Uddin, Mayor, Chattogram City Corporation, as well as visited Chattogram War Cemetery and presented flower to the tombstone dedicated for the 19 Japanese soldiers deceased in the World War 2, during their stay in Chattogram.
The BUNGO and the TAKASHIMA have left Chattogram Port on 8th October 2019 after participating in various interacting programmes with their Bangladeshi counterparts.