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Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Bob Willard hinted Friday that the USS George Washington would be in Yokosuka by the end of September, reports the newspaper Stars and Stripes.
At a news conference Friday, Willard said he wanted to have the aircraft carrier in Yokosuka “getting acclimated to her new homeport” a couple of weeks before the International Fleet Review in South Korea in October.
While “exact details have yet to be finalized,” the ship’s repair work is “ahead of schedule,” Willard said, adding that his goal is to have the ship “back at sea” by the end of August. It will then complete all of the necessary sea trials and certifications before the ship reaches Yokosuka to assume its role as the Forward Deployed Naval Forces carrier.