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Two Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C aircraft were dispatched Thursday from Atsugi Air Base in Kanagawa Prefecture for an antipiracy mission off Somalia, marking the first overseas mission for the MSDF patrol planes.

Conducting surveillance flights out of Djibouti, the antisubmarine and maritime patrol planes will support two MSDF destroyers that have been patrolling for pirates in the Gulf of Aden since late March.

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