On Wednesday, July 1, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the Japanese patrol training vessel, Kojima, docked at Port Hercule in Monaco.

Once a year the Kojima — owned and operated by the Japanese Coast Guard Academy (JCGA) — brings together JCGA cadets to go on a 95-day training cruise around the world.  The purpose of the cruise is to equip the cadets with the “…necessary navigational skills and experience in safety and rescue, to cultivate their adaptability to a life at sea, to train them mentally for life on board ship and to foster in them an open-minded outlook on the world…” according to a press release.