JDS Kashima sails up the River Thames for London visit

Rob Powell Military, News 1 Comment

Japanese navy ship Kashima sailed up the River Thames yesterday for a three day visit to the capital.

The 143-metre long vessel is the training ship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) and arrived through Tower Bridge shortly after 1pm to moor alongside HMS Belfast.

Her arrival in London is the latest port visit for the ship which is on a sixth month training voyage for students from MSDF’s Maritime Officer Candidate School.

Visitors to HMS Belfast on Tuesday will have the added benefit of being able to tour JDS Kashima, with it open between 1000-1200 and 1300-1600 (normal charges for HMS Belfast entry apply.)

The uniquely-designed Kashima class ship, which was commissioned in 1995, carries a single Otobreda 76 mm gun and two triple 324 mm torpedo tube sets.

Tower Bridge will left again on Wednesday at 1430 for the departure of the ship.

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The ship sails past Gravesend on a sunny Sunday

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The 143-metre long ship seen approaching Greenhithe

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The Rising Sun Flag flew from the stern of the ship

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JDS Kashima heads under the QEII Bridge at Dartford

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The bow of the ship emerges through the piers of the iconic Thames Barrier.

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The ship transited through the barrier shortly after midday.

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Canary Wharf and the O2 appear before the ship as heads toward Bugby's Reach

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Tower Bridge opens for the arrival from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

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Spectators watch from London Bridge at the ship enters the upper pool

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Kashima secured alongside HMS Belfast

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The arrival is of particular interest to Japanese visitors to London.

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Comments 1

  1. Ray (dodger) Long

    This must be a first time for London what a wonderful sight to see
    Her along side my old ship the Battling Belf as she was known in the Korean War , we use to tie alongside in Japan on the pontoon in Kure.
    Good luck to the sailors on JDS Kashima.3508

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