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G-7 in Japan

U.S. sends second aircraft carrier to Japan for G-7

Navy flexes muscle, possibly in preparation for Chinese reaction to communique

An E-2C Hawkeye prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Philippine Sea on March 10.   © U.S. Navy

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and units from its carrier strike group arrived in Sasebo, Japan, on Friday for a scheduled port visit, the U.S. Navy announced.

The addition of Nimitz, the lead ship of her class with a crew of 5,000, means that there are two aircraft carriers in Japanese ports as the Group of Seven leaders gather in Hiroshima for the summit, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is joining as a guest. The USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy's sole forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is stationed in Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture.

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