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U.S. carrier navigates crowded waters as North Korea tensions mount

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U.S. carrier navigates crowded waters as North Korea tensions mountBy Greg Torode ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN, South China Sea (Reuters) – As the commanders of the largest U.S. warship in Asia seek to maintain operational readiness amid protracted tensions over North Korea, they find themselves keeping one eye on China, too. On Saturday, as F-18 Super Hornet jet fighters roared from the decks of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during routine drills deep in the South China Sea, two Chinese frigates maintained a constant line-of-sight vigil. Other times, Chinese frigates linger for days within the screen of U.S. ships and planes that protect the Reagan – Washington’s only carrier based outside America.


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