Two Japanese warships, the Setoyuki and the Shimayuki, are scheduled to dock at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port at the end of this month and their crew, comprised of about 100 navy academy graduates, is expected to conduct a four-day cultural exchange programme with members of the Royal Cambodian Navy.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Japanese embassy said Setoyuki and Shimayuki are part of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force, led by Captain Yoshiyuki Nakagama, commander of the fleet’s Training Division I.
It said Cap Yoshiyuki’s objective is to strengthen the friendship between Japan and Cambodia through the programme from February 25 until 28.
“The objectives of the visit are to strengthen the friendship between Japan and Cambodia through various exchange programmes, as well as to give opportunities to 109 cadet school graduates to learn about the culture and the military of the Kingdom of Cambodia,” the embassy said in the statement, noting that an arrival ceremony is to be held on the first day of the visit at about 10.30am at Old Jetty in the autonomous port.
“Captain Yoshiyuki Nakagama will pay courtesy visits to the Ream Naval Base, the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Office and the Port Authority of Sihanoukville on February 25,” it added. “During the stay in Cambodia, Captain Yoshiyuki Nakagama plans to visit Phnom Penh to pay a courtesy call to the Commander of the Royal Navy on February 26.”
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