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U.S. turns to private Japan shipyards for faster warship repairs

As China grows fleet, Navy eyes similar collaboration with Singapore, Philippines

A dock is seen at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' Koyagi Shipyard. Japanese private shipyards have the will and the capacity to service U.S. Navy ships, an industry insider said. 

TOKYO -- The U.S. Navy is studying the use of Japan's private shipyards to maintain, repair and overhaul its warships in a bid to reduce servicing backlogs back home -- an idea that could expand to South Korea, Singapore and the Philippines.

If realized, the move would signal a new level of integration with allies and partners as the U.S. maneuvers in the face of a now-larger Chinese naval fleet.

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