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Japanese training ships arrive in Baltimore

Japanese training ships arrive in Baltimore Wednesday.

Two massive gray Japanese training ships lined much of the Inner Harbor's West Wall Wednesday morning and, along with a third, will be on display to the public through this week.

The ships are part of a rotating schedule of vessels hosted by the non-profit Sail Baltimore, which began bringing ships from all over the world to Baltimore 40 years ago.

The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ships Kashima and Asagiri will be docked at the Inner Harbor while Setoyuki will remain in Fells Point at the Broadway Pier.

The Japanese ships are on a 168-day world tour and will bring more than 750 Japanese Sailors and 200 recently commissioned ensigns to Baltimore, according to Sail Baltimore officials.

The schedule for the visiting ships:

Thursday:

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Setoyuki open for public tours

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free concert by Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Training

Squadron Band at the Harborplace Amphitheater

Friday:

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Asagiri open for public tours

Saturday

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Setoyuki open for public tours

9:30 a.m. Asagiri departs

3 p.m. Kashima departs

Sunday

9 a.m. Setoyuki departs

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