Port call by JS KASHIMA and JS MAKINAMI of JMSDF Training Squadron

On 17-20 August, JS KASHIMA (TV3508, 4,050 ton) and JS MAKINAMI (DD112, 4,650 ton) of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Training Squadron, commanded by Rear Admiral Hiroyuki IZUMI visited the Port of Katajanokka, Helsinki.
The visit of the Training Squadron has been since 2013. On 17 August, there was songs performance by NHK Tokyo Children’s Chorus at the reception on board. (Speech by Ambassador Yamamoto)
On 18 August, the Wreath Laying Ceremony took place at the cemetery of unknown solders and of Marshal Mannerheim, followed by a public open ship of JS MAKINAMI, to which 915 people participated (about 180 attended at a special open ship on 19th). At the Esplanade Park, approximately 2500 people gathered for the Training Squadron’s band music performance, Japanese taiko drum play and Karate performance.
After Helsinki, the Training Squadron will visit Portsmouth, UK, and it will pass through the Panama Canal to return to Japan on 30 October. We wish their safe journey.

Arrival at Helsinki
Wreath Laying Ceremony at Hietaniemi Cemetery
Public open ship of JS MAKINAMI
Music performance and cultural exchange at the Esplanade Park