Three Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels will leave Kobe next week to deliver 500 makeshift shelters to earthquake victims in Turkey, Defense Agency chief Hosei Norota announced Friday.

Leaving port on Sept. 24, the MSDF ships are scheduled to arrive in Turkey Oct. 19 to deliver the temporary dwelling units once used by Kobe-area residents made homeless by the Great Hanshin Earthquake in January 1995.

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