Aircraft carriers of the United States Navy, the USS Reagan and the USS Stennis, are conducting air superiority exercises in the Western Pacific Ocean, to be specific, they are operating in the Philippine Sea. This is certain to send a strong message to Communist China about there unilateral claims to the South China Sea. China continues to push the idea that they own the South China Sea. This is opposed by all China’s neighbors as well as the world community. Read the details of the issues at stake in this article.
As Written By Jane Perlez, The Boston Globe:
In a show of strength before an international court’s ruling on China’s claims in the South China Sea, the US Navy sent two aircraft carriers and their accompanying ships on training drills in the western Pacific Ocean Saturday.
The carriers John C. Stennis and Ronald Reagan sailed close together in the Philippine Sea as part of air defense and sea surveillance operations that involved 12,000 sailors, 140 aircraft, and six smaller warships, the US Pacific Fleet in Hawaii said in a statement.
“We must take advantage of these opportunities to practice war-fighting techniques that are required to prevail in modern naval operations,” Rear Admiral John D. Alexander said in a statement.
The operations occurred on the eastern side of the Philippines, in a body of water that is not adjacent to the South China Sea but is close, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet said.
China seeks to dominate the western Pacific Ocean as part of its long-term strategy, US strategists say……
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