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Japan-U.S. Alliance: MSDF, Carl Vinson Begin Joint Exercise

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A U.S. military aircraft carrier strike group, comprising the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and guided-missile destroyers, which is heading toward waters around the Korean Peninsula, commenced a joint exercise with Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers in the western Pacific on Sunday.

By conducting a joint exercise and showing the firm Japan-U.S. alliance, the aim is to increase pressure on North Korea, which has repeatedly engaged in provocative actions such as ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests.

The MSDF destroyers Ashigara and Samidare, which left the Sasebo base in Nagasaki Prefecture on Friday, are participating in the joint exercise.

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Yomiuri Shimbum

They joined the Carl Vinson, which left Singapore on April 8, in the western Pacific. They are scheduled to confirm tactical movement in which vessels shift battle formations and conduct communication exercises, while heading north together.

The joint exercise is scheduled to continue for three to five days and may also be conducted in the Sea of Japan.

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The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group also conducted joint exercises with MSDF destroyers in the East China Sea from March 7 to 10 and from March 27 to 29.

The Japanese and U.S. governments remain vigilant … (read more)

via The Japan News

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