Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Training Squadron consisting of three ships will be visiting Hilo from October 10th through the 12th. This is the first time in 47 years that the Training Squadron will be visiting Hilo and they will bring approximately 710 officers andcrew, including 169 newly commissioned officers. The purpose oftheir overseas training cruise is to develop seamanship of the newly commissioned officers, cultivate their minds as the future leaders and to promote mutual understanding and goodwill with the countries visited.This training tour began in June in Honolulu and consists of visiting 16 ports and 12 countries, all of which have ties to immigrants from Japan. The final stop prior to returning to Japan will be Hilo.If you see these young officers and crew walking on the street, stopand give them a ride.

The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Training Squadron consisting of three ships, the JS Kashima, JS Yamagiri and JS Shimayuki will be visiting Hilo from October 10th through the 12th, 2015.  This is the first time in 47 years that the Training Squadron will be visiting Hilo and they will bring approximately 710 officers and crew, including 169 newly commissioned officers.  The purpose of their overseas training cruise is to develop seamanship of the newly commissioned officers, cultivate their minds as the future leaders and to promote mutual understanding and goodwill with the countries visited. 

It is an extreme honor to have Hilo be part of this multi-country tour and on Sunday October 11th at 11:30am at the Civic Auditorium, there will be a free program consisting of a Taiko Group and a Military Band from the Training Squadron, along with some local groups.  The event will end with a Matsuri dance around the Mikoshi.