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Navy confirms nuclear aircraft carrier is going to Yokosuka

Date Posted: 2005-12-08

First an announcement, and then denial that the American aircraft carrier USS George Washington would go to Yokusuka to replace the aging USS Kitty Hawk.

Days later, the US Navy says it is true, the nuclear powered carrier will replace the Kitty Hawk in 2008. It marks the first time a nuclear powered vessel will be stationed in Japan.

Officials say the agreement is part of the deal made between the U.S. and Japan to realign military forces in Japan. That agreement also calls for moving some 7,000 Marines from Okinawa, relocating airfields and aircraft on Okinawa and in mainland Japan, and bringing the U.S. I Corps headquarters from Washington State to Kanagawa Prefecture and Camp Zama.

When the Kitty Hawk is retired, the only conventional fueled carrier left in the Navy inventory will be the USS John F. Kennedy. The USS George Washington is 13 years old, and has seen service around the world, including in the Persian Gulf.

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