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RAN farewells Japanese Navy vessels

Two Japanese ships have departed Darwin following a bilateral exercise with the Royal Australian Navy.

Two Japanese ships have departed Darwin following a bilateral exercise with the Royal Australian Navy.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) helicopter carrier JS Kaga and destroyer JS Murasame have set sail from Darwin, farewelled by the Royal Australian Navy’s HMA Ships Maitland and Maryborough.

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The Japanese vessels participated in a number of regional military exercises, including Exercises Talisman Sabre, Pacific Vanguard, ARC-21 and La Perouse.

The deployment culminated with Exercise Malabar, in which the ships training alongside Australia’s Armidale Class patrol boats.

The crew of HMAS Maitland engaged in officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres with Kaga, in a bid to bolster professional ship handling and close-in manoeuvring capability between the 57-metre-long patrol boat and the 248-metre-long helicopter carrier.

The vessels also conducted an exchange of gifts via seaboat transfer. 

This was followed by a ceremonial pass, with Commanding Officer Maitland Lieutenant Commander Julia Griffin thanking Kaga in Japanese.

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HMAS Maitland later rendezvoused with Murasame and conducted a ceremonial pass, with both vessels exchanging waves and final farewells. 

[Related: Australia, Singapore wrap-up Indo-Pacific Endeavour 21]

RAN farewells Japanese Navy vessels
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