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US Navy chief wants Indian Ocean '1st Fleet,' possibly in Singapore

Secretary Braithwaite says 7th Fleet in Japan not enough to check China

Littoral combat ship USS Coronado moors in Changi, Singapore, in preparation for the International Maritime Defense Exhibition. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet, based in Yokosuka, Japan, covers an area stretching from Hawaii to the India-Pakistan border, encompassing the maritime territories of 36 countries and 50% of the world's population.

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