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Jap Navy prepares to deploy off Somalia

The_Jimmy

War Hero
Looks like another away game as Japan prepares for anti-piracy deployment to Somalia
Japan is likely to send at least one Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) destroyer to the waters off the Somali coast to protect commercial vessels from as early as mid-March, an official at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said on 22 January. Japan's defence minister, Yasukazu Hamada, could direct the MSDF by the end of January to prepare for the deployment at the instruction of Prime Minister Taro Aso, the official said, asking not to be identified
 

WhizzbangDai

War Hero
oooh. isn't that against their consititution? Although they HAVE already deployed to Iraq, albeit in an incredibly safe area. These Navy types may actually have to fire their weapons in anger...i guess they could swing it, by saying its to defend japanese shipping interests...
 
sparker_tomo said:
it will be a massive bridge from Japan to Somalia! :lol:

No its only got to get over a River.

Perhaps the Japs can be used to contain and guard captured Pirates then they will not have to break their constitution and take offensive action.

Nutty

God this Joke is hard work.
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Passed-over_Loggie said:
We should be pleased that the sons of Tojo are pulling their weight. Their Navy is far too big and well equiped for self defence!

Well that's the way we're going... :oops:
 

PINCH

War Hero
This can only be GOOD news...And just to put a fine point on this, the navies of the world now have a joint focus, piracy. Which is Non Political, and NON Partisan.

Working with the Jap., Navy can only be informative, and rewarding.

Pity the Italians, Germans, South Africans, and Greeks have not been involved.

Outstanding News.
 

Squirrel

Lantern Swinger
sgtpepperband said:
Passed-over_Loggie said:
We should be pleased that the sons of Tojo are pulling their weight. Their Navy is far too big and well equiped for self defence!

Well that's the way we're going... :oops:

I have to disagree with you there mate, our Navy is far too Small and under-equipped even for self-defence.
 
PINCH said:
This can only be GOOD news...And just to put a fine point on this, the navies of the world now have a joint focus, piracy. Which is Non Political, and NON Partisan.

Working with the Jap., Navy can only be informative, and rewarding.

Pity the Italians, Germans, South Africans, and Greeks have not been involved.

Outstanding News.

Actually the German Navy has sent ships out there, only problem is that they aren't allowed to do anything yet, the politicians are still working out the ROE.
A bit like the German Army in Afghanistan, they are there but are severely handicapped by the politicians.
 
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