Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff of Japanese Self Defence Forces accompanied by a five member delegation arrived at March 6, 2018.
During the visit, Admiral Kawano interacted with Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC and held discussions on issues of common interest. The delegation was briefed on the activities of the Command. Later, the delegation visited the indigenously built stealth frigate INS Satpura prior to their departure from Visakhapatnam.
Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano is the highest-ranking officer of the Japan Self-Defense Forces and is serving as the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff since October 2014. Prior to his present appointment, the Admiral was the Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force from 2012 to 2014.