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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

U.S. to Move Stealth Destroyers to Pacific Region

Rear Admiral Christopher J. PaulThe U.S. will move its latest stealth destroyers to the Pacific region to counter unease over Chinese muscle-flexing, a senior American Navy admiral said Tuesday, while urging Australia’s navy to consider deploying new warships in U.S.-led “hunter-killer” patrol groups.

Rear Admiral Christopher J. Paul, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific surface fleet, sought to reassure Australian allies at a naval conference in Canberra that his country was determined to maintain a strong Pacific presence by moving more warships to the region, including powerful Zumwalt Class destroyers.

He also said a new generation of Australian warships, including missile destroyers and large amphibious warships capable of carrying 1,000 troops and helicopters, might fit into a more muscular naval doctrine called “distributed lethality,” recently announced by the U.S. Navy.

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