November 4 to 5, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) JS Samidare (DD-106) conducted joint training with the German Navy (Deutsche Marine) FGS Bayern (F215) in the waters south of Kanto. Despite COVID-19, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet remains responsive and work with friendly countries, in order to realize a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, safeguards the peace and security of Japan, and contributes to support stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Commanding Officer of JS Samidare (DD-106), CDR TAMURA Masayoshi, stated, “Through this training, we improved our tactical skills and cooperation with the German Navy. The German Navy is an important partner that shares the same aspiration of maintaining and strengthening the international order based on the rule of law, and will deepen the cooperative relationship with the German Navy.”
JS Samidare (DD-106) is the sixth ship of the Murasame-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). This is the first class of the second-generation general-purpose destroyers of the JMSDF. She was commissioned on 21 March 2000. Samidare was laid down on September 11, 1997 by Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries at Tokyo as part of the 1995 plan and launched on September 24, 1998. Commissioned on March 21, 2000, the vessel was incorporated into the 4th Escort Corps and deployed to Kure.
Bayern is a Brandenburg-class frigate of the German Navy. Bayern and the three other frigates of the Brandenburg class were designed as replacements for the Hamburg-class destroyers. The Type 101 Hamburg class was the only class of destroyers built during post-war Germany. They were specifically designed to operate in the Baltic Sea, where armament and speed is more important than seaworthiness.They were named after Bundesländer (states of Germany) of West Germany.