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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Australia Sends Ship to Monitor Japanese

Wow, so they really did it!

An Australian customs ship left for the Southern Ocean to monitor Japan's whaling fleet and determine whether the government in Tokyo is breaching a commercial whaling moratorium.

The Oceanic Viking departed from Western Australia late yesterday with 50 crew and officials on board, Samantha Wills, a spokeswoman for Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus, said by telephone from the capital, Canberra.

``Its purpose is surveillance, not enforcement,'' Wills said, adding the 30 customs officers on board aren't armed and the vessel's weapons are ``secured.'' The Oceanic Viking carries two .50-caliber machineguns.

Photo by ::DanWah::

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