• Kyodo


Two Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers loaded ammunition Wednesday in preparation for their expected departure for the Indian Ocean, where they are to collect intelligence and conduct surveillance.

The Kurama, a 5,200-ton destroyer capable of carrying three helicopters, and the Sawagiri, a 3,550-ton destroyer that carries one helicopter, were loaded with antiaircraft missiles, torpedoes and bombs at Sasebo port in Nagasaki Prefecture.

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