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The USS Green Bay anchored just outside Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, last year. Earlier this month, China refused to allow the Green Bay a port call at Hong Kong. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Two images released by the U.S. Navy show the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Chancellorsville (right) and the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov as they nearly collide in the Philippine Sea on Friday. U.S. Navy / Composite by NPR hide caption

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U.S. Navy: Russian Warship's 'Unsafe' Move Nearly Caused Collision With Cruiser

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The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship off the coast of Japan on June 17, 2017. The $1.8 billion destroyer, manned by a 300-member crew, had been steaming on a secret mission to the South China Sea when it was struck by a cargo ship more than three times its size. Seven sailors died. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze departs Naval Station Norfolk ahead of Hurricane Florence, in Norfolk, Va., on Monday. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/U.S. Navy via AP hide caption

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Navy Ships Head To Sea As Hurricane Florence Threatens Virginia Military Bases

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The flag-draped casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is carried by an Armed Forces body bearer team to a hearse, on Thursday at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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The USS Carl Vinson transits the Philippine Sea while conducting a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force last April in the Philippine Sea. Handout/Getty Images hide caption

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Soviet aviators with their American colleagues in front of a version of the PBY Catalina aircraft in Elizabeth City, N.C. The U.S. trained Soviet pilots to fly the plane as part of Project Zebra, a secret military program during World War II. Courtesy M.G. Crisci hide caption

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North Carolina Town Accepts, Then Spurns Russian Gift

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The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, anchored off the coast in Danang, Vietnam on Monday. Linh Pham/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. Aircraft Carrier Anchors Off Vietnam For The First Time Since The War

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A Navy fighter jet comes in for a landing on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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The U.S. Positions Warships In Tense Asia-Pacific Waters

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A C-2A Greyhound launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Nov. 17. Five days later a C-2A crashed into the Philippine Sea. Three sailors were lost at sea. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eduardo Otero/AP hide caption

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In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, a C-2A Greyhound prepares to land in August. Three remained missing after the same type of plane crashed Wednesday in the Philippine Sea. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Corona/AP hide caption

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