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U.S. Navy and South Korean ships travel Monday east of the Korean Peninsula in a 13-ship formation led by the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson. South Korea and the United States are conducting joint exercises that are expected to run until Wednesday. Military officials said that despite threats of retaliation, North Korea was staying clear. Most of the firepower for the four-day exercises has been flying off the decks of the USS George Washington, a U.S. supercarrier that can carry up to 70 aircraft and more than 5,000 sailors and aviators.

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