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Japanese ships cruise into Baltimore Inner Harbor

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 18:11:48-04

Japanese ships sailed into the Inner Harbor Wednesday. 

The ships, named Kashima, Setoyuki, and Asagiri, are a part of the Japanese Training Squadron and will all be available for free, public visits through July 17.

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The ships stopping in Baltimore are part of a 168-day world tour for the Japanese sailors who are either junior officers or have completed the general officer midshipman’s course.

More than 750 sailors will have the opportunity to explore the Baltimore Harbor. The ships were brought in by Sail Baltimore, a non-profit group that brings visiting ships from around the world to Baltimore.

The Japanese Maritime Self-defense Force Training Squadron Band will also offer a free concert during the visit. The performance will take place from 4-5 p.m. Thursday in the Harborplace amphitheater.

Here is the schedule for the tours and special activities:

Thursday:

9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Setoyuki open for public tours

4 p.m.-5 p.m:  Free concert by Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Training Squadron Band

Friday: 

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

Saturday:

9 a.m.-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

The ships will be at the Inner Harbor West Wall and Broadway Pier in Fells Point. Visit sailbaltimore.org for the latest information.

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