Feb. 23 (CNA) The US aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk left its home
port of Yokosuka on Wednesday for a two-week experimental voyage,
said the Fuji television network.
said that the aircraft carrier may be dispatched to waters
close to Taiwan if the situation across the Taiwan Strait
becomes tense before or after Taiwan's March 18 presidential
to the report, the Kitty Hawk had been undergoing repair work
on its runway since its return to Yokosuka at the end of last
said that after the two-week experimental journey, the aircraft
carrier will return to Yokosuka, and that the aircraft carrier
is expected to monitor the Taiwan situation until then.
previous direct presidential election in 1996, two US aircraft
carriers were dispatched to waters off Taiwan to counter mainland
Chinese military threats against it. (By Mike Chang &