JS Asagiri docks at Kuantan Port

KUANTAN, Sept 20 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) warship, JS Asagiri (DD-151) has docked at the Kuantan Port here, in conjunction with its three-day goodwill visit to Malaysia beginning last Wednesday.

Commanding Officer of the warship, Commander Yuichi Haeno said that on their visit here, they also had a meeting with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).

“We have plans to conduct a joint-training program with the RMN and the details were discussed during the meeting, which symbolised the close relationship between two defence forces. 

“We also hope this goodwill visit will strengthen bilateral relations between Japan and Malaysia,” he told reporters during a media visit to the warship on Wednesday. 

Haeno said the JS Asagiri had just completed a four-month anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden last August, and this was their first time docked in Kuantan. 

“We have docked in Malaysia before, during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019 (LIMA ’19) on last March,” he said. 

The 3,550-tonne-JS Asagiri which is 137 meters long was commissioned in 1988 and capable of carrying accommodating one chopper.

–NNN-BERNAMA