Japanese ships join U.S. carrier for drills as it nears Korean waters

April 23, 2017 By Nobuhiro Kubo and Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) – Two Japanese destroyers on Sunday began an exercise with the U.S. Carl Vinson carrier strike group in the Western Pacific as it approaches waters around the Korean peninsula, Japan’s navy said. The two Japanese warships, the Samidare and Ashigara, left western Japan on Friday to join the Carl Vinson in a show of solidarity as the United States confronts North Korea over its ballistic missile program and nuclear tests. The destroyers will “practice a variety of tactics” with…

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