Navy welcomes Japanese destroyer to Cobra Gold

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The Royal Thai Navy welcomed a Japanese naval destroyer to Sattahip as it prepared to engage in the multinational Cobra Gold military exercise.

Capt. Jarongsak Yamban, Marine Corps support commander, led the delegation that greeted the crew of the JS Matsuyuki, a frigate-sized guided-missile destroyer operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, which took part in Cobra Gold from Feb. 15-20.

The Matsuyuki took part in drills practicing evacuating civilians from conflict areas.

The JS Matsuyuki arrives in Sattahip to take part in last week’s Cobra Gold exercises.

The Matsuyuki has been in service since 1986 with the primary purpose being anti-submarine warfare, although it also is equipped with a number of surface-to-surface missiles. It also can serve as a base for a Seahawk helicopter.