Japan in Depth / 5 years on, MSDF still working to rid seas off Somalia of pirates

Tsuyoshi Takasawa / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

DJIBOUTI—Late March marks five years since the Maritime Self-Defense Force began its antipiracy mission in waters off Somalia in 2009, with personnel working constantly under an atmosphere of great tension.

On Saturday ahead of the anniversary, the MSDF revealed the current state of operations to the press.

As a P-3C surveillance plane flew over the Gulf of Aden, no suspicious ships were spotted.

The quiet seemed to suggest peace had been restored in the formerly pirate-infested waters.

“But we can’t let our guard down for a moment,” said Lt. Daiki Sakazaki, 34, captain of the aircraft.

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Source: http://the-japan-news.com

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