According to Japans defense ministry, in order to take over the task of intelligence collection and other tasks in the Middle East Sea, the muriyu left from Yokosuka base of the Maritime Self Defense Force on August 30. However, in order to prevent the new outbreak, the village rain did not go directly to the destination after departure. Instead, it planned to be on standby in Japans offshore within two weeks, and PCR detection was carried out on about 200 people on board.
According to the report, on September 1, the test results showed that a crewman in her 20s was confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus, and then the village rain returned to sea urgently, and its plan to go to the Middle East was postponed.
The Ministry of Defense said that it would conduct a joint investigation with the health care center on whether the confirmed crew had close contacts and whether the epidemic had spread among other crew members. After the investigation, it would decide whether to continue sending the Cun Yu to the Middle East.
On December 27, 2019, the Japanese Cabinet decided to send the self defense forces to the Middle East waters to carry out the task of intelligence collection and protection of Japanese related ships. Among them, Gaobo frigate set sail from Yokosuka base on February 2, 2020, and Wuyu frigate set sail from Sasebo base on May 10, 2020. This village rain frigate is the third batch of frigates to the Middle East.