JMSDF Despatches Two P-3C MPAs to Middle East on Intelligence-Gathering Mission

Amid tensions between Washington and Tehran, Tokyo despatched two P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the Middle East on 11 January to carry out intelligence-gathering operations in the region aimed at helping ensure the safety of vessels conducting commercial operations with Japan. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) mission,...

Amid tensions between Washington and Tehran, Tokyo despatched two P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the Middle East on 11 January to carry out intelligence-gathering operations in the region aimed at helping ensure the safety of vessels conducting commercial operations with Japan.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) mission, which was approved by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 27 December 2019, will also include the deployment to the region of Takanami-class destroyer JS Takanami , which is due to leave the Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo on 2 February.

Two JMSDF P-3C Orion MPAs left Japan on 11 January to carry out intelligence-gathering operations in the Middle East aimed at helping ensure the safety of vessels conducting commercial operations with Japan. (Japan MoD)
Two JMSDF P-3C Orion MPAs left Japan on 11 January to carry out intelligence-gathering operations in the Middle East aimed at helping ensure the safety of vessels conducting commercial operations with Japan. (Japan MoD)

The MPAs, which departed from Naha Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture, are expected to begin their 11-month-long mission on 20 January while the warship will begin operations in the region in mid-February.

Source: www.janes.com