Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister, His Excellency Kentaro Sonoura, and Japan’s Ambassador to Australia His Excellency Reiichiro Takahashi have visited Fleet Base East at Garden Island in Sydney.
The Special Advisor and Ambassador called on Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, visited the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre and laid wreaths at the Heritage Centre and the HMAS Kuttabul memorial, honouring the 19 lives lost when three midget submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy sunk the depot ship in Sydney Harbour in 1942.
Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath hosted the visiting Japanese delegation and said the occasion reaffirmed the strong ties and shared interests between both nations.
“Australia and Japan are both invested in the Indo-Pacific and visits like this help sustain a continuous open dialogue with one of our most important security and humanitarian response partners in the region,” Commodore Plath said.
“Already this year we’ve worked with the Japanese Self Defense Force during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE and our Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving units will soon work with their Japanese counterparts during Exercise HYUGA NADA.”
“We also look forward to welcoming a squadron of Japanese training ships to Fleet Base East in the coming weeks to further our navy-to-navy ties and interoperability,” he said.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20192041.