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US, Japan Naval Forces Annual Exercise Seen as Signal to Pyongyang

U.S. and Japanese naval forces have begun their annual bilateral training exercise, seen as a show of force amid North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests. More than 14,000 U.S. personnel are participating in 10 days of drills, which will include the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem, USS Chafee and USS Mustin, and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron. The exercise in the waters surrounding Okinawa is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American forces through training in air and…

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