Japan to send warship, aircraft to Middle East

first_imgA Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s P3-C Orion surveillance aircraft flies over an oil tanker as the plane takes part in an anti-piracy operation at the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Aug. 1, 2015. MANDATORY CREDIT KYODO/VIA REUTERS TOKYO – Japanwill send a warship and patrol planes to protect Japanese ships in the MiddleEast as the situation in the region – from which it sources nearly 90 percentof its crude oil imports – remains volatile, Japan’s government spokesman saidon Friday. Under the planapproved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet, a helicopter-equipped destroyerand two P-3C patrol planes will be dispatched for information-gathering aimedat ensuring safe passage for Japanese vessels through the region.center_img If there areany emergencies, a special order would be issued by the Japanese defenseminister to allow the forces to use weapons to protect ships in danger.(Reuters)last_img

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