Japanese Naval Icebreaker “Shirase” Departs for a Tour of Antarctica

Japanese naval icebreaker "Shirase" departs for a tour of Antarctica
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Tokyo, Japan – Family members send off Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force members as the Japanese naval icebreaker “Shirase” before leaving Harumi pier in Tokyo, Japan for an Antarctica Observation Activity, November 11, 2014. (Photo by Yuriko Nakao /AFLO)

Japanese naval icebreaker "Shirase" departs for a tour of Antarctica
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Tokyo, Japan – Tomohisa Takei (3rd L), head of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, reviews the honor guard during a departure ceremony atop the Japanese naval icebreaker “Shirase” before leaving Harumi pier in Tokyo, Japan for an Antarctica Observation Activity, November 11, 2014. (Photo by Yuriko Nakao /AFLO)