Two training ships from Japan will be porting in Esquimalt this week as part of a goodwill campaign.
Two ships from the Japan Training Squadron, the “JS Kashima” and “JS Hatakaze,” will be porting in Esquimalt from Thursday, June 15th to Sunday, June 18th.
The visit aims to promote international goodwill and enhance training opportunities between Japan and Canada.
With a crew of approximately 560 members, the ships will dock at the Esquimalt Naval Base in Victoria, offering locals and visitors a chance to engage in various events and activities.
One of the highlights of the visit is the opportunity for the public to tour the “JS Kashima” and “JS Hatakaze” from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday June 17th.
Those interested should apply for a visit through the provided link, keeping in mind that applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited availability. A valid passport or government-issued photo ID is required for security purposes.
In addition to the ship tours, a music performance by the Japan Training Squadron is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 16th at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. The event is open to the public, free of charge, and registration is not required.
The visit will commence with a welcome ceremony on Thursday June 15th, followed by an onboard reception in the evening aboard the “JS Kashima” and “JS Hatakaze.”
Wreath-laying ceremonies will take place at the BC Legislature in downtown Victoria and God’s Acre Cemetery in Colwood on Friday June 16th, symbolizing respect and remembrance.
To showcase the spirit of collaboration, a musical performance featuring the Japan Training Squadron and the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy will captivate the audience at the Cameron Bandshell at Beacon Hill Park.
This port call in Victoria is part of the Japan Training Squadron’s Overseas Training Cruise 2023, during which the ships will visit eight countries from May to October.
It presents a unique opportunity for cultural exchange and strengthens the bond between Japan and Canada.
Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to participate in these events.