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A Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship assigned to move supplies for Ground Self-Defense Force troops in Iraq left Kure port in Hiroshima Prefecture on Saturday afternoon to pick up vehicles and equipment in Hokkaido before heading for Kuwait.

The 8,900-ton Osumi is heading to Muroran, southern Hokkaido, where it will be loaded with light armored vehicles, water-tank vehicles and supplies for the ground troops already in Iraq.

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