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Japan’s largest Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship departed Wednesday for Indonesia’s Sumatra Island as part of a relief mission to the worst-hit area of the Dec. 26 tsunamis triggered by a massive earthquake.

The 8,900-ton Kunisaki left the MSDF base at Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, with the refueling ship Tokiwa to join the international effort to help survivors of the tsunami disaster. Aboard the transport ship are five Ground Self-Defense Force helicopters and 20 GSDF trucks.

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