Tokyo, Dec 27 (IECurrentAffairs) Japan will send a warship and patrol planes to safeguard its ships in the Middle East as the situation in the region from which it gets much of crude oil remains volatile, the country’s cabinet office announced Friday.
Japan will send a destroyer that can carry one or two patrol helicopters in early February, hoping the vessel will start operations by the end of the same month in the Gulf of Oman, the northern part of the Arabian Sea and the eastern side of the Bab el-Mande Strait, The Japan Times reported.
Tokyo also plans to mobilize two P-3C anti-submarine patrol airplanes that are currently engaging in anti-piracy patrol missions off Somalia for the planned intelligence activities, the report added.
According to the newspaper, the dispatch program will continue for one year and can be extended.
In June, unidentified assailants attacked a Japanese-operated tanker Kokuka Courageous, in the Gulf of Oman. The attack took place when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on an official visit to Iran.
The United States had accused Iran for the attack. Tehran denied the accusation.