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The Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard conducted a joint antipiracy exercise Friday off Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture.

The exercise precedes the deployment expected early next month of two MSDF destroyers — the 4,650-ton Sazanami and the 4,550-ton Samidare — to the Gulf of Aden to protect Japan-related ships from pirates off Somalia.

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