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The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk left its forward-deployed port of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Friday morning for an undisclosed destination, escorted by the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The MSDF said the escort is part of its antiterrorism activities, which have been heightened since the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington. However, escorting a U.S. ship on a military operation is not covered by the Self-Defense Forces Law.

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