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2007 October 3 - 9 [SDF]

MSDF has given 80% of fuel to US warships: refueling in Indian Ocean

October 3, 2007
It was revealed that the Maritime Self-Defense Force provided the U.S. warships with about 80 percent of the total amount of fuel it supplied to foreign vessels in the Indian Ocean.

This fact proves that Japan has been supporting U.S. military operations despite the government and ruling parties claim that the MSDF refueling mission is a “contribution to the international community.”

In the period between December 2001 and August 30, 2007, the MSDF provided a total of 484,000 kiloliters of fuel (worth 22 billion yen), of which 79.5 percent or 385,000 kiloliters (worth 16.2 billion yen) went to U.S. warships, according to a Defense Ministry document released by October 2.

Another Defense Ministry document shows that between December 2001 and March 2003, the MSDF gave 49 percent (237,000 kiloliters) of the total amount of fuel to U.S. and British warships.

In this period, the U.S. not only waged its war of retaliation in Afghanistan but launched the war in Iraq. It was earlier revealed that the MSDF refueled a U.S. aircraft carrier and other warships that took part in the Iraq War.

The government claims that the MSDF refueling operation should not be regarded as “assistance for the U.S. forces” on the grounds of an increase in refueling to a Pakistani vessel in the past year.

Although the MSDF indeed regularly refueled a small Pakistani ship, the amount of 19,000 kiloliters accounts for only four percent of the total.
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