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Japanese and U.S. destroyers equipped with the Aegis missile interceptor system conducted a joint exercise earlier this week in the Sea of Japan, the Maritime Self-Defense Force said Friday, in a fresh show of force as North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat grows.

The two-day information-sharing drill through Thursday aimed at enhancing cooperation in shooting down ballistic missiles involved the U.S. destroyers Mobile Bay and Spruance, which both belong to the strike group headed by the nuclear-powered Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, and Japan’s Aegis-equipped destroyer Kongou, according to the MSDF.

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