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U.S. Aircraft Carrier Visit Japanese Port

May 10, 2003

TOKYO (AP) _ The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson pulled into Yokosuka Naval Base south of Tokyo Saturday for a scheduled port visit, the U.S. Navy said.

The Carl Vinson, based in Bremerton, Wash., was deployed to the western Pacific in February to keep watch over North Korea amid heightened tensions over that country’s suspected development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.

The carrier was due to refuel and undergo maintenance, said U.S. Navy SW Gary Pryer.

The carrier helped make up for the absence in the region of the USS Kitty Hawk, which was sent to the Persian Gulf in January to participate in the war in Iraq.

Yokosuka, which continues to also serve as a major base for the Japanese navy, is home port to the Kitty Hawk and other ships in the U.S. Seventh Fleet, the largest forward deployed fleet in the Navy.

The Kitty Hawk returned to Yokosuka Tuesday.

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