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Canadian warships kick off Indo-Pacific security push in Japan

Vessels also heading to tense Taiwan Strait, Southeast Asia in beefed-up operations

A member of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force welcomes the Canadian warship Ottawa. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

YOKOSUKA, Japan -- Three Canadian naval vessels arrived Monday at Japan's Yokosuka port as Ottawa moves to bolster Indo-Pacific security amid soaring concerns about China and North Korea's saber-rattling.

Two Royal Canadian Navy warships, the Ottawa and Vancouver, along with the supply vessel Asterix, arrived at the port south of Tokyo -- home to bases of the U.S. Navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force -- after departing Canada's west coast in mid-August.

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