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Monday, 01 May 2017 - 10:27
Japan to send biggest warship to protect US supply vessel
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Japanese media report that Japan will dispatch its biggest warship, in the first such operation since it passed controversial laws expanding the role of its military.

The helicopter carrier Izumo is escorting a US supply vessel heading to refuel the naval fleet in the region.

The ships include the Carl Vinson group which was sent to the Korean peninsula.

North Korea has threatened a pre-emptive strike raising tensions in the region.

It also carried out a failed missile test yesterday, despite repeated warnings from the US and others to stop its nuclear and missile activity.

The 249m long Izumo can carry up to nine helicopters, and resembles US amphibious assault carriers.

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