ATSUGI (Kyodo) Two P-3C surveillance planes of the Maritime Self-Defense Force returned to Japan on Monday after four months of anti-piracy operations off Somalia in the first overseas mission by MSDF patrol planes.

The aircraft, which arrived at the MSDF’s Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture, and their crews flew a combined 590 hours in 74 flights after the start of their operations over the Gulf of Aden in June, the MSDF said.

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