Patrol plane dispatched to the Middle East Breakdown in Vietnam while returning to Japan Retained due to immigration restrictions May 29, 14:49

One Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft dispatched to the Middle East region caused an engine malfunction in Vietnam on the way back to Japan, and due to entry restrictions due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, maintenance personnel from Japan also waited locally. It will be put on hold for about two months as it will be needed.

The problem was caused by the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East, which was one of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P3C patrol aircraft dispatched as the first team in January.

According to the Ministry of Defense, on the 29th of last month, the patrol aircraft had an engine malfunction at an airport in Vietnam on the way back to Japan after completing its mission to counter piracy and gather information, and it has been left alone.

As a result of the Ministry of Defense coordinating with the Vietnamese government to restore the aircraft, we will dispatch maintenance personnel on the Air Self-Defense Force's transport aircraft on the 1st of next month.

However, due to immigration restrictions associated with the spread of the new coronavirus, maintenance personnel had to wait for 14 days on site, and the patrol aircraft will return to Japan after the maintenance is completed by the end of next month. It is expected to be kept on site for a month.