Unofficially, the Japanese naval destroyer is now anchored off the coast of Male’ to refuel and resupply.
Members of Maldives Police Service, National Defence Force and the Coast Guard, as well as pupils from Hiriya School, were invited aboard JS Samidare for a tour of the ship.
A combined drill on communications and movements is planned with the Maldivian Coastguard following the departure, according to the embassy.
On her way back to Japan, the naval ship is expected to stop at numerous additional locations.
Since its launch in March 2000, JS Samidare has served as Japan’s sixth multifunctional destroyer of the ‘Murasame’ class. Since the Imperial Japanese Navy’s founding in 1868, there have been two ships called “Samidare”.