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Japan sends a destroyer to the Middle East

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Friday, the Japanese government instructed the Marine Defense Forces to send destroyers and patrol aircraft to the Middle East, to protect its commercial ships crossing the region.

According to local Kyodo News, the Japanese government has ordered the Maritime Self-Defense Forces to send a destroyer and patrol aircraft to the Middle East on a mission to collect information.

According to the agency, the aim of the process, which the government approved late last year, is to help secure safe transit for Japanese commercial ships from the water in the region.

She said it came amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, even though fears of an all-out war had been allayed recently.

For its part, the “Japan Times” newspaper reported that what Japan will send are two periodic anti-submarine planes “P-3C” and a destroyer “Takanami” weighing 4 thousand and 650 tons, on a mission to “gather intelligence” in waters off Amman and Yemen .

The two planes are scheduled to leave Japan, on Saturday, to begin patrolling later this month, while the destroyer, which is capable of carrying a helicopter and equipped with a system of vertical rocket launchers and a 127 mm gun, will be launched in early February, with the mission beginning By the end of the same month.

It is noteworthy that Japan relies heavily on oil imports from the Middle East and maintains a good relationship with most of the countries in the region, including Iran, according to the “Japan Times”.

Recently, tension escalated between Iran and the United States against the background of the assassination of the last Qassem Soleimani, Commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, and other leaders of an air strike in Iraq.

Tehran’s response to launch a ballistic missile attack on two military bases hosting American soldiers in Anbar (west) and Erbil (north).

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