April 14, 2024
The JS Kashima (foreground) and the JS Hatakaze Courtesy Japan Maritime Self-Protection Power

Two coaching vessels from the Japanese Maritime Self-Protection Power will go to San Diego subsequent week on a friendship name that features public excursions and a live performance in Balboa Park.

The ships and their 560 officers and crew are on a 149-day abroad coaching cruise that additionally contains stops in Pearl Harbor; Victoria, Canada; Manzanillo, Mexico; Callao, Peru; Valparaiso, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Cartagena, Colombia.

The coaching ship JS Kashima and the guided-missile destroyer JS Hatakaze are scheduled to dock on the B Road Cruise Ship Terminal, 1140 North Harbor Drive, from Thursday, Sept. 21, to Sunday, Sept. 24.

“The aim of this voyage is to coach new officers of the Maritime Self-Protection Power, promote friendship with the nations of the ports of name, and promote understanding of Japan,” based on the Japanese consulate in Los Angeles.

The Kashima will probably be open to the general public on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to midday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Additionally on Saturday, musicians from the Japanese coaching squadron and the U.S. Navy Band Southwest will play a live performance from 1 p.m. to three p.m. on the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.