New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan
NZ Navy officer to take part in a training voyage of Japan’s self-defence force
A young officer of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will participate in a voyage of the training squadron of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF).
Ensign Emily Keat of the RNZN will join Japan’s training squadron from 5 to 14 June while its three ships cross the eastern Pacific from Pearl Harbor to San Diego. The three vessels with some 720 crew members left Tokyo on 22 May and will leave Pearl Harbor, their first port of call, on 6 June for San Diego before continuing their voyage to Mexico and the Caribbean. The squadron will then cross the Southern Pacific and stay in Auckland from 3 to 6 September.
Ensign Keat will participate in Japan’s training voyage as part of an exchange program among navies participating in the Western Pacific Naval Symposium.
JMSDF Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa, commander of the training squadron, on 15 May paid a courtesy call to the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo ahead of his squadron’s departure from Tokyo. Ambassador Mark Sinclair told Rear Admiral Yuasa that New Zealand looked forward to welcoming the squadron and its crew members in Auckland.
Japan’s training squadron most recently visited New Zealand in 2007 when it made a port call at Wellington.
Voyage of JMSDF’s training squadron (From the website of JMSDF):