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Japan to again deploy Aegis warship to Arabian Sea

PLA Daily 2004-01-21

TOKYO, Jan. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Japan's Aegis destroyer Myoukou will depart on Friday from Maizuru base in Kyoto Prefecture to replace the destroyer Hiei as part of the government's antiterrorism campaign in the Arabian Sea, the Defense Agency's Maritime Staff Office said Tuesday.

The dispatch of the 7,250-ton Myoukou will be the third involving an Aegis warship since the 2001 enactment of the special measures law enabling Japan to provide logistical support for the United States-led war on terrorism in and near Afghanistan.

There are three Japanese warships currently operating in the Arabian Sea, according to the office.

The dispatch was ordered "in line with a rotation," said KoichiFurusho, chief of staff of the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The Myoukou will be accompanied by the fuel supply ship Hamana,which is to leave Sasebo base in west Japan's Nagasaki Prefecture and replace the Tokiwa in February or March.

It will be the fourth such mission for the 8,150-ton Hamana, Furusho said.



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