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The U.S. Navy said it will push on with its salvage operation of the Ehime Maru, a Japanese fisheries training ship that sunk after colliding with a U.S. submarine in February, despite a series of setbacks.

“I am here to tell you that the U.S. Navy is fully committed to the execution of the recovery of the Ehime Maru, and nothing that has transpired to this point makes that mission any more difficult than it was from the beginning,” said Rear Adm. William Klemm, who leads the recovery operation, said Thursday.

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