JMSDF to continue patrols

Good news for convoy escort programme.

Japanese govt to expand anti-piracy mission

The Japanese government said it would extend its anti-piracy mission in the seas off Somalia for another year.

Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya told a news conference the extension of the patrols off Somali and the Gulf of Aden to protect vessels from pirate attacks was in line with international efforts, including that of the the European Union, which has also extended its mission.

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