US Navy's Ronald Reagan strike group crosses central PHL from Philippine Sea to West Philippine Sea (WPS)

US Navy's Ronald Reagan strike group crosses central PHL from Philippine Sea to West Philippine Sea (WPS)

The United States of America’s (USA) Navy is in the South China Sea in a show of force as well as assuring allies in the region that only the US Navy can project such a menacing naval muscle in  technological advancement in terms of armaments and advance naval tactics.

United States Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) sailed through San Bernardino Strait in central Philippines going to West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) from Philippine Sea on July 3.

Pictures released by the US Navy showing the US Navy warships crossing the San Bernardino Strait.
The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) steam in formation. The Nimitz and Ronald Reagan CSGs are conducting dual-carrier operations as the Nimitz Carrier Strike Force in the South China Sea.
( US Navy photo )

Geographically speaking in our archipelagic features, San Bernardino Strait separates Bicol in Luzon island and the island of Samar. It connects Samar Sea to Philippine Sea.
As per the US Navy the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and routinely conducts security and stability operations in the Indo-Pacific.

The US Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steams through the San Bernardino Strait, crossing from the Philippine Sea into the South China Sea.
(US Navy Photo)

Ronald Reagan carrier strike group consists of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89), according to the US Navy.

China protests US Navy naval exercises in the SCS.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian last June 6 in a statement said:
“The US intends to drive a wedge between regional countries, promote militarization of the South China Sea and undermine peace and stability in the region. The international community, especially the regional countries, see this very clearly.”
“At present, thanks to the joint efforts by China and ASEAN countries, the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable and witnessing sound development. Under such circumstances, it is completely out of ulterior motives that the US flexes its muscles by purposely sending powerful military force to the relevant waters for large-scale exercises.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson also reiterated that the Paracel (Xisha) Islands “are indisputably China’s territory. China’s military training in the waters surrounding the Xisha Islands is within China’s sovereignty and beyond reproach.”

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