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Japan sends largest warships to escort US vessel

The 19,500-tonne ship will escort a US supplies vessel towards the island of Shikoku

IANS  |  Tokyo 

Japan on Monday sent one of its largest warships to escort a US vessel amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. The Japanese Self Defence Forces' destructor vessel Izumo, which allows for the simultaneous take-off and landing of five helicopters, set sail towards the Pacific from the Yokosuka navy base, south of Tokyo, Efe news reported. The 19,500-tonne ship will escort a US supplies vessel towards the island of Shikoku, before beginning a three-month voyage, in what will be its first such mission in over 70 years. Izumo will support the US vessel, ...

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First Published: Mon, May 01 2017. 16:09 IST
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