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U.S. aircraft carrier group to visit Busan

The U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington will make a port call in South Korea today for a regular visit, the U.S. military command in Seoul said yesterday.

The nuclear-powered carrier and its strike group, based in Yokosuka, Japan, will arrive in Busan with about 7,000 sailors for a regular exchange with the South Korean Navy, U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement.

The port call is “a tangible symbol of U.S. commitment in the region and shows the continued interest in ensuring a climate for regional stability and economic prosperity,” the statement said.

It will be the first time this year that the 97,000-ton carrier visits South Korea. Last November, the George Washington led the allies’ joint naval drills in a show of force following North Korea’s shelling of the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong.

Along with the carrier, the guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens and the guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin and USS Wayne E. Meyer are also scheduled to visit Busan, according to the statement.

Separately, the guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur and USS McCampbell are due to arrive in the South’s western port of Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi, it said.

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