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A Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious ship carrying supplies for Ground Self-Defense Force troops in Iraq left for Kuwait on Friday morning from the Hokkaido port of Muroran.

The 8,900-ton Osumi, escorted throughout its journey by the 4,550-ton destroyer Murasame, is scheduled to arrive in early March in Kuwait, where GSDF troops will receive the supplies and haul them overland to their base in Samawah, southern Iraq.

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