EMTV News reported that both vessels, the JS Ise, a Hyuga class helicopter destroyer that was built in 2011, and JS Kunisaki, an Osumi class warship, were recently in Australia for a series of war games. Their visit into the country has provided an insight into the Japanese culture for those who had the opportunity to visit the naval vessels.
The Japanese Navy personnel were given a tour of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) vessel, HMPNGS Ted Diro (P401), PNGs Guardian class patrol boat.
Both warships sailed into Papua New Guinea in August for a three-day visit to Port Moresby. It was the first time for almost all crew members and commanding officers on-board both vessels to visit PNG. Upon arrival, the PNGDF's Major Gilbert Toropo was given a guard of honour before taken on board both vessels for a tour.
The tour was extended to defence attachés representing New Zealand and other countries based in Port Moresby, EMTV News reported.
The JS Kunisaki, which docked at Fairfax harbour, brought with it military capabilities, which included war tankers, cranes, specialised boats known as landing craft air cushion, which are capable of transporting two trucks and Chinook helicopters.
The second warship, JS Ise was built by Ihi Marine United and has served the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force since 2011.