Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship “AKEBONO (DD-108)” made a goodwill visit to Sri Lanka from 9th to 10th April, 2018. She was on the way to Gulf of Aden to participate in the anti-piracy operation.
During the visit, a Maritime Search & Rescue seminar for Sri Lankan Military was held aboard the ship as a capacity building assistance (CBA) in the security and defense sector. This was the first time that a CBA was conducted in the Indian Ocean Region by Self-Defense Force.
The aim of this seminar was not only to strengthen Sri Lankan Military’s capability in maritime search & rescue, through sharing JMSDF’s knowledge but also to reconfirm the importance of values such as the “Safety”, “Openness” and “Transparency” in the maritime domain, which is a foundation for the regional and world peace and prosperity.
Japan attaches importance to the maintenance of stability based on the rule of law in the Indian Ocean Region, which is a strategic area connecting Asia and Africa. The Government of Japan will continue defense cooperation with Sri Lanka through activities such as CBA, JMSDF ship’s goodwill visit, people to people exchange and consultations in order to promote maritime security in this region.