• Kyodo


The U.S. amphibious assault ship Essex left the U.S. naval base in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, on Saturday morning for an undisclosed destination.

The departure of the 40,532-ton Essex follows the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk’s departure from its home port of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Friday morning, also for an undisclosed destination.

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