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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), foreground, transits the East China Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships.
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EAST CHINA SEA (March 9, 2017) The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), foreground, transits the East China Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Takanami-class destroyer JS Sazanami (DD 113), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Murasame-class destroyer JS Samidare (DD 106)and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled Western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific regularly and routinely for more than 70 years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)

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