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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Warm send off for Japanese naval fleet 

The Seychelles Coast Guard on Saturday gave the visiting three-ship Japanese naval fleet a warm send off to mark what the commander of the SCG Lt Col Georges Adeline called a historic trip.

Seychellois personnel preparing to bid farewell the Japanese naval fleet
Seychellois personnel preparing to bid farewell the Japanese naval fleet




“It was the first time that we have welcomed a naval fleet from Japan, so we decided to give them a special farewell pass with our battleship the Topaz,” he told Nation yesterday.
Over 30 Seychellois coastguards took part in exercise which entailed manoeuvres at sea in which all four ships took part.
Among those present were Lt Col Adeline and the Japanese ambassador to Seychelles Toshihisa Takata.


Lt Col Adeline with Ambassador Takata

The three Japanese vessels which took part are Kashima, Shimayuki and Matsuyuki which had 754 crew members, including 196 junior officers, a fair share of them women.

Source: Seychelles Nation, Seychelles.

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