Operation Atalanta Force Commander Strengthens Counter-Piracy Cooperation During Visit to Japanese Warship JDS Ikazuchi at Sea in the Gulf of Aden
EU News 184/2015
June 30, 2015
On Friday 26 June 2015, Operation Atalanta Force Commander, Rear Admiral Alfonso Gómez Fernández de Córdoba, visited Japanese warship JDS Ikazuchi at sea. The EU Naval Force Commander was hosted by the Commander of the Japanese Escort Division 1, Captain Atsushi Nakasuji and the JDS Ikazuchi’s Commanding Officer, Commander Kazuharu Hokazono.
The visit included a guided tour of the warship’s operations room, bridge and officers’ wardroom, where there was an exchange of gifts, followed by a traditional Japanese lunch.
As part of the goodwill gesture, a delegation of Japanese officers was also hosted on board the EU Naval Force flagship, ESPS Galicia, by the ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas.
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The EUNAVFOR FCdr and his delegation with the Commander of the Japanese Escort Division 1 and the Ikazuchi Commanding Officer (C)eunavfor 2015 URL