The aircraft carrier Harry S Truman
The carrier strike group includes the Navy’s only aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the USS Antietam (CG 54) Ticonderoga-class missile cruiser, and the Arleigh Burke, the USS-class guided missile destroyer. Halsey (DDG 97) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).
While in the South China Sea, attack groups conducted maritime security operations, which included fixed-wing and rotary flight operations, maritime strike drills, and coordinated tactical training between surface and air units.
Sailing nearly 56,000 nautical miles so far this deployment, the attack group is committed to upholding US security agreements with regional allies and partners, and demonstrating the ability of forward-deployed naval forces to rapidly respond to any eventuality across the region.
“During our deployment, we continued our long tradition of demonstrating the United States‘ commitment to lawful use of the sea and maintaining open access to international interests,” said Rear Adm. George Wikoff, commander, Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, as quoted by Navy.Mil, Thursday (15/10).
“The focus of our operations has always been, and will continue to be, working with our Indo-Pacific allies and partners in promoting regional stability,” he added.
Throughout the 2020 deployment, Ronald Reagan and his escort units routinely integrated with allied and partner naval forces to build high-end war readiness through air defense, anti-submarine warfare, maritime attack and force protection exercises.
The strike group recently operated in the Indian Ocean, made two transits through the Strait of Malacca, and completed various multinational exercises across the Indo-Pacific.
In this timelapse video, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) crosses the Strait of Malacca, 8 October.
Taking a cooperative approach to regional security and stability, the United States remains committed to protecting the rights, freedoms, and legitimate use of the sea, and the ability of all states to exercise those rights.
Together, the US and its allies promote peace and prosperity by supporting international norms.
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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is deployed forward to the US 7th Fleet’s operational area to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
The US 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations to support US national interests in the Indo-Pacific region of operations.
As the largest US Navy fleet, the 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that promote maritime security, enhance stability and prevent conflict.
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