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Second carrier could (technically) join USS Carl Vinson by late May

Landing practice signals end to maintenance on USS Ronald Reagan

The USS Ronald Reagan, based in Yokosuka, Japan, is the Navy's only forward-deployed carrier.

TOKYO -- The USS Carl Vinson, the American aircraft carrier headed to the Korean Peninsula, could have a second carrier by its side by late May -- technically speaking, at least.

The U.S. Navy announced on Monday that pilots assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan, based at the Japanese port of Yokosuka, will carry out landing practice on the island of Iwo Jima between May 2 and 13. The move signals that four months of scheduled maintenance of the Reagan -- the Navy's only forward-deployed carrier -- are coming to an end, and that the ship is nearly ready to sail.

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