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US boosting naval presence in western Pacific

The USS Ronald Reagan, based in Yokosuka, Japan, is the Navy's only forward-deployed carrier.

YOKOSUKA -- The USS Ronald Reagan arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, Thursday, replacing the USS George Washington. With a crew of 5,000 and up to 90 aircraft on board, the largest vessel in the U.S. Navy will be able to reach hot spots such as the South China Sea or North Korea weeks earlier than if it were based on the U.S. west coast.

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