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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Latest Aegis-equipped ship rejoins US 7th Fleet in Japan

USS Chancellorsville (CG62)The U.S. Navy is aiming to significantly beef up its forward-deployed presence in Japan. As a first step toward that goal, the USS Chancellorsville, a modernized guided-missile cruiser, returned to the naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, June 18.

This is the first time in 23 years the Navy has increased the number of vessels at Yokosuka, its largest overseas naval base. The understood -- though unspoken -- U.S. aim is to counter the military buildup of China, particularly at sea.

The Chancellorsville is the first U.S. ship equipped with the latest Baseline 9 Aegis combat system to be deployed overseas.

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