Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Tyler Stives inspects a catapult after an aircraft launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during Annual Exercise 2013, at sea in this November 27, 2013 handout from the US Navy. The USS George Washington took part in a joint military naval drill with Japan in waters off southern Japan, just days after it participated in humanitarian relief operations in the Philippines. More than 20 ships and 7000 US personnel participated in this year's Annual Exercise 2013 which aims at strengthening ties between the United States Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense force. While the US Navy would not confirm the exact coordinates, they were able to say the event took place, at one point at least, some 186 miles south east of Japan's southern island of Okinawa. This is in the general vicinity, though not within, the new airspace defense zone which China recently established.
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