Why is There a Carrier Battle Group in the South China Sea?

The United States Carrier John C. Stennis and her carrier battle group have arrived in the South China Sea. Is it really a show of force? Is it just a normal deployment? China has been forcing the envelope in this area for a while now. This issue bears watching. Read more below.

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As Written By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON for Taipan Times:

US Navy aircraft carrier, escorts arrive in South China Sea for ‘show of force’

A US Navy aircraft carrier and five escort ships have arrived in the South China Sea amid rising tensions over China’s militarization of disputed islands, Washington officials confirmed on Friday.

The Navy Times described the deployment as “a small armada.”

Officials approached by the Taipei Times played down the situation and passed it off as routine, but Fox News said that “multiple defense officials” told it the move was “a show of force” and a signal to China.

A US Pacific Fleet spokesman said the nuclear-powered carrier USS John C. Stennis and its air wing, along with two destroyers — USS Chung-Hoon and USS Stockdale — and two cruisers — USS Antietam and USS Mobile Bay — were in the region.

The Navy Times said that the command ship USS Blue Ridge, the floating headquarters of the Japan-based US Seventh Fleet, was also in the area.

According to Center for a New American Security analyst Jerry Hendrix, the Pentagon is demonstrating its full commitment to presence and freedom of navigation in the region.

“With the full carrier strike group and the command ship, the navy is showing the scope of its interests and ability to project presence and power around the world,” he told the Navy Times.

A report issued last month by the think tank said the days of the US Navy’s “unchallenged primacy” around the world might be coming to an end.

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  • RoscoeBonifitucci

    Obama is a Totalitarian Moron. He knows not what he does. He needs to be removed from the seat of power before he does more damage to the USA and innocent peoples of the world. Obama needs to be impeached by any means necessary in order to take away his power in these last 320 days he officially has in office.

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  • BayMan

    Curious there was no mention of submarine activity co-incident with the battle group…

    • Frank Szabo

      You might want to check out the USN’s website and learn exactly what comprises a “Battle Group”.
      I assure you, the Naval assets in the region would not be allowed to have their ass hanging out.

  • frankenbiker

    1980 the Kittyhawk, Nimitz, and Midway composed the largest USA armada since WWII, all for a show of force during the Iran hostage crisis. This is no different. We need to show China that they can’t just claim territory, and threaten the security of the region. Will this prevent a confrontation? Hell I don’t know, but we need to do something to let the world know we’re still a force to be reckoned with. Regardless of the fact that we have a goatfcking muzzie coward as CIC.