Japan to send 2 destroyers in March to Somalia

February 8, 2009 11:37

Japan plans to dispatch two destroyers near Somalia in early March to protect its commercial vessels from pirates, a media report said Sunday. Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, attending a security conference in Germany on Saturday, told reporters of the planned deployment next month, according to Kyodo news agency. A government fact-finding team departed for the region Sunday ahead of the dispatch of the 4,650-ton Sazanami and the 4,550-ton Samidare, it said. A bill for the deployment is before Japan's parliament and expected to pass. Defense ministry officials were unavailable for comment Sunday.

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