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SDF to beef up transport capacity to Okinawa and neighboring islets

  • May 25, 2019
  • , Yomiuri evening edition
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The Saturday evening edition of Yomiuri gave top play to a Defense Ministry’s plan to construct in FY2023 three transport ships for the SDF as part of measures to protect the Nansei Islands stretching from southern Kyushu to the nation’s westernmost island of Yonaguni. The three vessels, to be operated by a new marine transport unit manned by GSDF and MSDF personnel, are expected to be used for sealifting 5 to 15 tanks that can be offloaded on remote isles. Noting that five more of these vessels will be procured in the future, the article added that the ministry is expected to tap artificial intelligence to build a transportation network for quick delivery of weapons, ammunition, and other military supplies between the mainland and the Nansei Islands.    


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