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Visit by Japanese ships

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No. 128/75

(Statement by the Acting Prime Minister and! Minister for Defence, the Hon. L.H. Barnard, MP)

Two training ships of the Japanese Maritime Self

Defence Force carrying a total of 160 cadets will visit

Melbourne, Sydney and Darwin in September and October. ·

The Commander of the Squadron, Admiral Jikyo

Ishino, a number of officers and about 160 cadets will visit

Canberra while the ships are in Sydney.

The ships, the destroyer KIKUZUKI and the frigate

KATORI will call at Melbourne from September 19 to 23, at

Sydney from September 25 to 29 and at Darwin from October

10 to 12.

Two chartered aircraft will bring Admiral Ishino,

his official party and cadets on a morning visit to Canberra

on September 26. In Canberra Admiral Ishino will make

official calls and will later lay a wreath at the Australian

War Memorial.

He and his party will leave Canberra by chartered

aircraft early in the afternoon for the Royal Australian Naval

College at Jervis Bay and will return to Sydney that night.

After a bus tour of the city, some of the cadets

will leave Canberra aboard chartered aircraft for Cowra, and

the remainder will fly to Nowra for a visit to the Naval

College. All cadets will return to Sydney that night.

The Japanese ships will visit the US, Peru, Chile

and New Zealand before arriving in Australia.

Enquiries: Director of Public Relations, Department of Defence, Canberra. ACT. 2600

Telephone: 65 2999 (Office hours)

47 8342 (After hours)