Japan to send patrol boat, jet plane on antipiracy duties

Japan to send patrol boat, jet plane on antipiracy duties

TOKYO, July 15 Kyodo

The Japan Coast Guard said Monday it will dispatch a patrol boat and a jet aircraft to help combat piracy in waters off Southeast Asia.

Coast guard officials identified the patrol ship as the 5,300-ton Mizuho, which will carry two helicopters onboard, and the jet plane as a Falcon 900.

It will be the sixth time Japan has dispatched a patrol ship, and the third time an aircraft, in line with greater efforts by Japan and other Asian nations since 2000 to combat piracy in Southeast Asian waters, the officials said.

The Mizuho will leave Japan on Aug. 1 for Brunei and stay there until Aug. 16 to engage in drills mainly in cooperation with the local coast guard.

The Falcon 900 will be sent to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia from July 17 to 23, to carry out drills and patrols, according to the coast guard officials.

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