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China's first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier, known only as "Type 001A", leaves port in the northeast city of Dalian in May. The vessel has reportedly begun sea trials ahead of its commissioning, expected next year. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan at the Pentagon on Monday. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Pentagon's No. 2 Watches The Money — And The Future

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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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Flight deck crew members position F/A-18 jet fighters for a launch from the USS Truman aircraft carrier stationed in the eastern Mediterranean. The crew members wear different colored jerseys to identify their tasks. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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Even As It Heads Home, Aircraft Carrier Plays Key Role Fighting ISIS

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A shape that could be an airplane is seen in a 3D sonar image (lower portion) of the USS Independence released by NOAA, which located the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. A team located the carrier during a maritime archaeological survey. NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus hide caption

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Tugboats guide the INS Vikrant as it leaves the Cochin Shipyard after a launch ceremony in Kochi, India, on Monday. When it comes into full service in 2018, India will become the fifth nation to have designed and built its own aircraft carrier. Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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