The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship Ariake (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin V. Cunningham)

Report: Japan May Launch Middle East Maritime Security Mission

Amidst persistent tensions and threats to shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, the government of Japan may send a destroyer to operate in nearby areas, according to a new report.

Despite pressure from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan has so far avoided committing to an American-led security coalition for the Persian Gulf region. The deployment would be a separate mission, not formally associated with the American effort, according to Yomiuri Shimbun. However, the distinction may be limited: Japan plans to share any intelligence gathered in the operation with forces involved in the American effort.

The Japanese effort would primarily involve retasking forces already present rather than adding new assets to the region.

Read more at The Maritime Executive

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