(KAGA (back)and KEDAM (front) during the goodwill exercise : photo by JMSDF)

On the 1st September 2021, the Indo-Pacific Deployment (IPD) unit of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) composing of three ships, “JS KAGA,” one of the largest ship in JMSDF,“JS MURASAME” and “JS SHIRANUI” conducted a goodwill exercise with two Palauan patrol ships, “PSS KEDAM” and “PSS REMELIK II”. Through this first goodwill exercise between Japan and Palau in history, the two countries further deepened a bilateral defense cooperation to realize “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.

The IPD unit is expected to anchor at Malakal Bay, Koror State, where the public will be able to see them from Icebox Park and on your boat from 9:00 on Thursday, 2nd September to 13:30 on Saturday, 4th September.

H.E. Surangel S. Whipps, President of the Republic of Palau and other Palauan top government officials are expected to take a look at the three Japan’s ships from the Palauan ship, “PSS KEDAM”.

During its visit to Palau, the IPD unit will take all the necessary preventive measures against COVID-19 to comply with the regulation of Palau.

[Information of the three Japanese ships]
Number of Crew: 375 persons
Displacement: 19,950 tons
Length: 248.0 meters, Width: 38.0 meters,
Depth:23.5 meters, Draught: 7.2 meters

Number of Crew: 175 persons
Displacement: 4,550 tons
Length: 151.0 meters, Width: 17.4 meters,
Depth: 10.9 meters, Draught: 5.2 meters
Number of Crew: 166 persons
Displacement: 5.050 tons
Length: 151.0 meters, Width: 18.3 meters,
Depth: 10.9 meters, Draught: 5.4 meters

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