SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two destroyers from the Republic of Korea Navy visited here last week and participated with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in search-and-rescue training.

The South Korean ships, ROKS Munmu the Great and ROKS Yang Man Choon, and a ship’s helicopter, trained with JMSDF Thursday and Friday off Tsushima coast, according to JMSDF officials.

Japanese destroyers Isoyuki and Asayuki, support ship Amakusa and various aircraft took part in the bilateral exercise, stated a JMSDF news release.

In addition, JMSDF and visiting South Korean personnel visited each other’s ships, the release added, and took part in sports events.

The JMSDF in Sasebo utilizes the same Sasebo Harbor region as the U.S. Navy at Sasebo Naval Base.

The exercise marked the 10th South Korean navy visit in Japan since 1994 and the third Sasebo port call, the release stated. It was the fourth search-and-rescue exercise the two countries conducted jointly.

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