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About 8,500 U.S. military personnel will join Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force for a war exercise near Japan from Nov. 10-18.

Annualex 21G will focus on aspects of air, undersea and surface warfare, as well as command and control, a news release says.

Units taking part in the exercise will come from Yokosuka and Sasebo naval bases, as well as Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

Ships participating include USS George Washington, USS Essex, USS Defender, USS Cowpens, USS Tortuga, USS City of Corpus Christi, USS Key West, USS Crommelin, USS Curtis Wilbur, USS Denver, USNS Alan Shepard, USS Lassen, USS Mustin, USS O’Kane, USS Shiloh, USNS Rappahannock and USNS Victorious.

Other units involved include Carrier Task Force 70, Destroyer Squadron 15, Carrier Air Wing 5 and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.


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