Indonesian Navy officers roll out a welcome for Japanese destroyer JS Samidare at the Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Japanese Destroyer Samidare Docks in Jakarta

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

MAY 08, 2019

Japan Self-Defense Forces' Murasame-class destroyer JS Samidare docked at Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta on Wednesday to take part in a ceremony to commemorate the 61st anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan.

"There are many options for us to visit, but we chose Indonesia because the Indonesian Navy is an important partner for us," captain of the Samidare Admiral Takahiro Nishiyama said. 

The Japanese destroyer sailed to Indonesia after completing a counter piracy mission in Somalia. "We were patroling the seas off the coast of Somalia to stop pirate ships," he said.

The Samidare will dock at Tanjung Priok for three days. During their stay, Japanese Navy officers will train with their Indonesian counterparts. 

Samidare means "rain early in summer" in Japanese. The Japanese war ship, manufactured in 2000, is equipped with a surface-to-air missile system and can accommodate up to 200 crew members.

The 4,550-ton vessel is also equipped with other sophisticated weapons and equipment such as anti-dive rockets, torpedo launchers, 20 mm close-in weapons, VLS short range SAM and two Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopters.

The anti-submarine ship will be in Jakarta until May 10 before it sails back to Japan. 

Indonesian navy personnel blows a trumpet during the arrival of JS Samidare in Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta on Wednesday (08/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An Indonesian Navy officer plays a tuba to welcome JS Samidare. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Japanese warship JS Samidare crew dock the warship using a rope in Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta on Wednesday (08/06) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
JS Samidare crew dock the warship using a rope. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
JS Samidare crews give a salute to Indonesian journalist during the open ship media tour in Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta on Wednesday (08/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
JS Samidare crew salute Indonesian journalists during a media tour. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Captain (JPN Navy) Takahiro Nishiyama handshakes with Captain Yudi S as Indonesia Navy representative during his visit in Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta on Wednesday (08/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Admiral Takahiro Nishiyama shakes hands with Indonesian Navy Captain Yudi S. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
JS Samidare crews gather outside their warship in Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta on Wednesday (08/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
JS Samidare crew watch as their ship docks at Tanjung Priok. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The warship personnels prepare a placard reads JS Samidare in a stair during their visit in Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta on Wednesday (08/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
JS Samidare's mascot is a pegasus. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two JS Samidare personnels stand inside the cockpit during the open ship for Indonesian journalists in Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta on Wednesday (08/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Inside the cockpit of JS Samidare. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
JS Samidare crew demonstrates how to use the ship binocullar during the open ship for Indonesian journalists in Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta on Wednesday (08/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Japanese Navy officer operates a binocular on JS Samidare. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Japanese JS Samidare personnel shows the ship weapons and modern equipments in Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta on Wednesday (08/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Showing off the destroyer's surface-to-air missile system. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The JS Samidare crews transport logistics to their ship during their three days visit in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday (08/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Stocking up on local vegetables. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Japans JS Samidare docked in Jakarta Bay on Wednesday (08/05) The ship
JS Samidare docked in Jakarta Bay. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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