Wednesday 27 May 2020, 01:59 PM
Japanese destroyer leaves for the M-E in maritime safety mission
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 2/2/2020 7:44:58 PM
Japanese destroyer leaves for the M-E in maritime safety mission

Tokyo: A Japanese destroyer set out for the Middle East on Sunday as part of an intelligence-gathering mission to ensure maritime safety in the region.In this Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces' (SDF) first long-term intelligence mission abroad, it is expected that the 4,650-ton "Takanami" ship will join other troops who were sent to the area last month, reports Efe news.

"The intelligence-gathering mission bears very significant meaning that is directly linked to people's lives," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at an event in Yokosuka while sending off the ship and its around 200 personnel.

The mission began with patrol planes sent to the region on January 20 and will continue to December 26, according to the government.It aims to gather information to safeguard shipping routes in the Middle East, from which Japan imports 90 per cent of the oil it consumes.

Tokyo plans to rotate defence force destroyers in three four-month tours over the course of the mission, which could be prolonged if approved by Abe's Cabinet.The approval of the Cabinet does not have to be submitted to parliamentary scrutiny.

The deployment is being carried out in areas of the Gulf of Oman, in the north of the Arabian Sea and in the vicinity of the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, the southern entrance to the Red Sea, to where P-3C patrol planes have already been mobilized by Japan.The government's decision to deploy its assets to the area has been criticized by the opposition at a time of growing tension between the United States and Iran.

The Japanese mission is independent of the operations of a multinational force led by Washington whose main objective is to guarantee the safety of the Strait of Hormuz.The deployment of this Japanese force and the areas it will focus on was discussed between Abe and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at their bilateral meeting in Tokyo last December.




भारत डिफेंस कवच की नई हिन्दी पत्रिका ‘डिफेंस मॉनिटर’ का ताजा अंक ऊपर दर्शाया गया है। इसके पहले दस पन्ने आप मुफ्त देख सकते हैं। पूरी पत्रिका पढ़ने के लिए कुछ राशि का भुगतान करना होता है। पुराने अंक आप पूरी तरह फ्री पढ़ सकते हैं। पत्रिका के अंकों पर क्लिक करें और देखें। -संपादक

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