Japan dispatched to waters off Somalia P-3C patrol aircraft left the main force
first overseas dispatch of Japanese P-3C patrol aircraft to perform the actual task
Xinhua Tokyo, May 28 (reporter Liu Chan) Japan dispatched to waters near Somalia’s P-3C patrol aircraft force main 28 depart from Japan, this is the first overseas dispatch of Japanese P-3C patrol aircraft to perform the actual task.
morning, 107 people in the main force in the Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture held a departure ceremony. Subsequently, the two P-3C patrol aircraft carrying 36 people from the bases. The remaining personnel will be chartered by the night starting from the Atsugi base.
15th of this month, Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada what make the waters off Somalia to send two P-3C patrol aircraft to combat piracy, and the dispatch of the aircraft at the same time there are about 150 troops, they will neighboring Djibouti, Somalia, Djibouti International Airport stronghold. Maritime Self-Defense Force members include representatives from about 100 and about 50 GSDF, the pirates were responsible for monitoring and early warning base at the airport for security alert. Earlier, troops of the advance team flew to Djibouti was 18, after the main force arrived in June, is expected to be launched in early action.
because of rampant piracy in Somali waters, the UN Security Council on 16 December last year by Resolution No. 1851, authorizes the national and international organizations to send troops to the Somali waters to combat piracy. Japanese government on March 14 this year to “sea guard action” on behalf of Somali waters to send a “ripple” and “May Rain” number two destroyers. Two ships arrived off the Somali coast have been the end of March and began to escort the Japanese ships.