Three Japanese Warships Visit Halifax, Canada


Three Japanese warships arrived in Halifax harbour on July 8th, marking the second visit in two years for Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force. The ships Kashima, Shirayuki and Isoyuki are staying in Halifax until Thursday, July 11.

 “We are pleased to work with the Consulate General of Japan to welcome the Squadron’s three ships and nearly 700 sailors to Halifax,”stated the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “Such efforts enhance the dynamic relationship between our two nations facilitating unified global peace and security operations.”

“Our defence relationship with Japan is excellent, based not only on strong cultural and economic links, but also on shared viewpoints on a wide range of issues,” said Rear-Admiral Dave Gardam, Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic.

He expressed pleasure to meet the Squadron’s Commander, Rear-Admiral Fumiyuki Kitagawa, and his officers and crew, in order to share with them maritime experience in an effort to further support defence cooperation.

The three-day port visit from the force’s Training Squadron is part of a five-month, 18-country tour fostering intercontinental goodwill.

As a part of the visit, local residents and media experienced Japanese culture through world-class performances by the Squadron’s drum band at Grand Parade Square on July 9. Ship tours were available to the public through July 8-9 at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Halifax.

Press Release, July 11, 2013