South China Sea: The U.S. Navy Is Back (with an Aircraft Carrier)

The sailors and aviators serving in the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG-5) returned to familiar waters last week when it entered the waters of the South China Sea for the third time during its 2020 deployment. The carrier strike group includes the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is operating with the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).…

DVIDS – News – Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Returns to South China Sea for Third Time of 2020 Deployment

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 15, 2020) The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group has returned to the South China Sea for the third time of its 2020 deployment. The carrier strike group includes the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). While in the South China Sea, the strike group is conducting maritime security…

USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group returns to South China Sea

Oct. 15 (UPI) — The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and its strike group returned to the South China Sea Thursday. The carrier, which transited to the region for the third time in its current underway period, is joined by Carrier Air Wing 5, the guided-missile cruiser Antietam and the guided-missile destroyers John S. McCain and Halsey. It passed through the Strait of Malacca and entered the South China Sea on Monday. The strike group was last in the South China Sea in August, but had recently operated in the Indian…

Carrier Reagan Back in the South China Sea, U.S. Destroyer Makes Taiwan Strait Transit

From left, USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10), USS Comstock (LSD-45), USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS New Orleans (LPD-18), USS Chicago (SSN-721), USS America (LHA-6), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194), USS Antietam (CG-54), USS Germantown (LSD-42) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2) steam in formation while E/A-18G Growlers and FA-18E Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, a P-8 Poseidon from Commander Task Force 72, and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and a B-1B Bomber fly over the formation in support of Valiant Shield 2020 on Sept. 25, 2020. US Navy…

Reagan Carrier Strike Group heads back into South China Sea amid increasing tension with China

The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and its strike group returned to the South China Sea Thursday for the third time in its 2020 deployment. The Japan-based carrier is joined by Carrier Air Wing 5, the guided-missile cruiser Antietam and the guided-missile destroyers John S. McCain and Halsey. There, the strike group is conducting flight operations, maritime strike exercises and training between surface and air units. The @USNavy will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows. https://t.co/g1i6GbQBEC — USNavyCNO (@USNavyCNO) October 15, 2020 The South China Sea continues to be…

China’s Shandong aircraft carrier heads back to sea for another drill

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier was commissioned last year and is now heading to training exercises in the Bohai Sea. The Chinese military has stepped up its training in recent months amid ongoing tensions with the US, with ongoing exercises in the Yellow and Bohai Seas and recently concluded naval drills in the South and East China Seas. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. China’s newest aircraft carrier, the Shandong, has left the shipyard for a drill, local media reported on Tuesday. The Kuznetsov-class carrier was filmed being…

China’s first homemade carrier Shandong sets out for exercises

Aircraft carrier Shandong. Photo:Xinhua  The Shandong, China’s first domestically developed aircraft carrier – the country’s second overall – set out from shipyard on Tuesday for military exercises, which will reportedly be held in the Bohai Sea in the next 22 days. Experts expect the carrier to integrate with J-15 fighter jets that were newly produced for it, as it continues to establish actual combat capability, and it will hopefully become combat-ready by the end of 2020. Two combat-ready aircraft carriers will have strategic significance for China to resist military pressure…

Will the UK Send Its Aircraft Carrier to the South China Sea? – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security Amid strained China ties, Britain continues to debate carrier deployment to the disputed waters. Advertisement It is no secret that relations between the United Kingdom and China have soured in recent months. Already strained over issues such as Hong Kong, the countries’ links have suffered greatly during the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Such issues have prompted London to reassess its relationship with Beijing, with the decision to deny Huawei an active role in Britain’s 5G network heralding a more confrontational approach to bilateral affairs. Despite this, silence over…

China test fires so-called ‘carrier killer’ missiles into South China Sea

China launched a series of ballistic missiles into the South China Sea this week, according to United States defense officials, part of a flurry of military exercises extending thousands of miles along the country’s coastline, as tensions with Washington over the disputed waterway continue to escalate. Beijing claims almost all of the vast South China Sea as its sovereign territory and has stepped-up efforts to assert its dominance over the resource-rich waters in recent years, transforming a string of obscure reefs and atolls into heavily fortified man-made islands and increasing…

Destroyer Conducts South China Sea FONOP Day After Chinese ‘Carrier Killer’ Missile Tests

USS Mustin (DDG-89) transits the Taiwan Strait on Aug. 18, 2020. US Navy Photo A guided-missile destroyer conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea past the Paracel Island chain on Thursday, one day after China launched missile tests in the South China Sea, U.S. 7th Fleet announced on Thursday. USS Mustin (DDG-89) operated past the islands that are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan. “This freedom of navigation upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging the unlawful…