Japan escorts 13 ships off Somalia in March

MSDF part of convoy escort programme.

Japan escorts 13 ships off Somalia in March

Hisane Masaki

The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) vessels escorted 13 commercial ships in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia in March to protect them against pirate attacks, the country’s transport ministry said on 10 April.

Ever since Japan’s Anti-Piracy Law took effect on 24 July 2009, the JSDF forces have escorted 3,535 commercial ships off Somalia as of 31 March 2015.

All but 16 of the ships escorted to date are foreign-flagged.

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Source: ihsmaritime360.com

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