Japan’s Coast Guard training vessel “Kojima” arrived in Palau last Friday, July 9th as part its annual international maritime capacity building exercise.
The vessel and crew were welcomed at the port by President Surangel Whipps Jr. and Japan Ambassador to Palau, His Excellency Akira Karasawa. Traditional dance group also welcomed the visitors with a dance performance at the port.
Cadets and crew of the training vessel did not disembark due to COVID restrictions. The training vessel carried 46 cadets and 37 crew members and while here, conducted training exercises with KabekelM’Tal patrol boat under Palau’s Division of Marine Law Enforcement.
President Whipps expressed his appreciation to Japan for its continued support, especially in the area of maritime security, reiterating his statement that “presence equals deterrence”. He recognized the close partnership with Palau’s allies and the importance of working together to ensure Free and Open Indo Pacific.
President Whipps also reported at last week’s press conference of the expected visit of Japan’s destroyer accompanied by two other vessels in September.

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