KUANTAN: The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) vessel JS Asagiri has left Malaysian shores after spending two days berthed at Kuantan Port.
The Asagiri-class multi-purpose destroyer had arrived here on Wednesday (Sept 18) after conducting anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden for four months.
During a tour for the press shortly after its arrival, Commander Yuichi Haeno said that officers on the vessel would be conducting staff calls on the Royal Malaysian Navy's Naval Region 1 command and discuss joint training exercises.
"The Asagiri and its approximately-200 personnel including seven Japan Coast Guard personnel are visiting Kuantan in order to promote mutual understanding and friendship.
"I am sure we can deepen the bilateral relations of our nations and strengthen ties between our navies during this event," said the Asagiri's commanding officer.
This was the first time that the Asagiri made a port call in Kuantan, but this is the ship's second time in Malaysia as it took part in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019 in March.
The Asagiri was commissioned in 1988 and has a displacement of 3,550 tonnes and is capable of reaching a speed of 30 knots.
It has anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities to cope with various types of operations.
Among its armaments were a 76mm rapid-fire gun, anti-submarine rockets, Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, three torpedo tubes and Phalanx close-in weapon system.
The Asagiri also carries an SH-60J/K anti-submarine helicopter, and the vessel's name - Asagiri - means "the fog appearing before the dawn".