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The U.S. Pacific Fleet: Reassuring Allies and Deterring Potential Foes

Jun 15, 2016 | 09:01 GMT
The U.S. Pacific Fleet: Reassuring Allies and Deterring Potential Foes
The guided missile destroyer USS Momsen departs Sasebo, Japan, on June 6 after a port call made during a seven-month deployment. The U.S. Navy is looking to improve the integration of the 3rd and 7th fleets.
(Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds/U.S. Navy)

In a move aimed at bolstering confidence among the United States' East Asian allies, steps are underway to better unify the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet. The U.S. 3rd Fleet will become increasingly active in the Western Pacific, an area traditionally the purview of the forward-deployed 7th Fleet. Word of the 3rd Fleet's evolving role was revealed June 14 by the Pacific Fleet's commander, Adm. Scott Swift, in an exclusive interview in Nikkei Asian Review. The announcement was designed, in part, to assuage Tokyo's concern over the escalation of Chinese rhetoric and activity directed against Japan in the East China Sea....

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