U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Harry Harris (L) speaks to an officer outside USS Spruance, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, moored in Singapore January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo
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The U.S. Navy's Third Fleet will send more ships to East Asia to operate outside its normal theater alongside the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, a U.S. official said Tuesday, a move that comes at a time of heightened tensions with China.China has been angered by what it views as provocative U.S. military patrols close to islands that China controls in the South China Sea.Swift argued that the Navy should utilize the "total combined power" of the 140,000 sailors, over 200 ships and 1,200 aircraft that make up the Pacific Fleet.The Third Fleet has more than 100 vessels, including four aircraft carriers.Chinese officials have blamed the rising tension on the United States.
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