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Indo-Pacific

Pentagon No. 2 tours shipyards as race with China heats up

Kathleen Hicks visits military installations key to winning great-power competition

U.S. Navy SEALs conduct diving operations alongside the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico during interoperability training in the Mediterranean Sea. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks has kicked off a multistate trip in New England -- a hub of military installations vital to taking on a rising China, including sites for building and maintaining submarines and destroyers.

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