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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

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.

It is the largest of the Navy's forward deployed fleets, that has under its jurisdiction at any given time 50 to 70 ships and submarines, 150 aircraft and approximately 20,000 sailors.

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