Monday, August 27, 2007

MSDF Ship Returns Home After Indian Ocean Antiterrorism Operation

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship returned to Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture after having ended its mission to refuel vessels undertaking U.S.-led Anti-Terrorism operations in the Indian Ocean amid controversy as to whether Japan should continue with the mission.
Hamana (AOE424)
Some 370 family members and MSDF personnel held a ceremony at a pier of the MSDF base in Sasebo Port to welcome the return of the 140 crew members of the 8,150-ton Hamana, which had been dispatched to the Indian Ocean for six months since March.

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