The Self Defense Forces are planning on increasing their patrol area off the coast of Somalia by 200 kilometers, in response to an anticipated increase in pirate activity.

The extension, which will also affect an area patrolled by the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s P-3C patrol aircraft, is aimed at dealing with an expected increase in piracy cases following the end of the monsoon high-tide season within this month. (Link)

However, the SDF does not plan on adding any more surface ships to the two destroyer anti-piracy task force.

The change is likely to lead to a decrease in the total number of escorts provided by the MSDF given that the two-destroyer formation for the missions will remain the same, according to the SDF’s Joint Staff.

This roughly coincides with the anticipated completion of Japan’s first postwar overseas base in Djibouti sometime early next year.

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