US Navy Sends Two-Carrier Strike Group to South China Sea
US Navy Sends Two-Carrier Strike Group to South China Sea

US Navy Sends Two-Carrier Strike Group to South China Sea

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Force celebrated Independence Day with unmatched sea power while deployed to the South China Sea conducting dual carrier operations and exercises in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Sailors from both carrier strike groups continue to stand the watch, defending freedom every day of deployment, and reflecting on the freedoms we hold sacred and celebrate during this holiday. High-end integrated exercises build unmatched flexibility, endurance, maneuverability, and firepower in an all-domain warfighting environment. These efforts support enduring U.S. commitments to stand up for the right of all nations to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows.

Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 5 and Carrier Air Wing 17 fly in formation over the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Groups.
Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 17 fly in formation over the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Groups. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Keenan Daniels/Released)

Comprised of both Nimitz and Ronald Reagan Strike Groups, the Carrier Strike Force conducted several tactical exercises designed to maximize air defense capabilities, and extend the reach of long range precision maritime strikes from carrier-based aircraft in a rapidly evolving area of operations. Air defense in a Carrier Strike Force incorporates the capabilities of the embarked fixed and rotary wing aircraft, along with Aegis guided-missile cruisers and destroyers. This provides multi-layered, early detection capabilities to defend the Force against potential airborne threats.

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Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 5 and Carrier Air Wing 17 fly in formation over the Nimitz Carrier Strike Force (CSF).
Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 5 and Carrier Air Wing 17 fly in formation over the Nimitz Carrier Strike Force (CSF). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Keenan Daniels/Released)

During air defense and strike exercises, aircraft from Nimitz and Reagan simulate enemy attacks testing the force’s ability to detect, intercept, and engage threats. The exercises increase pilot proficiency while giving shipboard tactical watch standers hands-on experience coordinating defense in a realistic environment. This opportunity for two carrier strike groups to train and operate together in the region provides combatant commanders with significant operational flexibility and capabilities that only the U.S. Navy can command.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) steams in formation as part of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) steams in formation as part of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group (CSG). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dalton Reidhead/Released)

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is the Navy’s only forward-deployed strike group and one of America’s most visible symbols of resolve. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleetarea of operations June 17, and has been conducting dual carrier operations with both the Ronald Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carriers. With Carrier Air Wings 17 and 5, as well as accompanying surface forces, Nimitz and Reagan form the most effective and agile fighting force in the world, supporting U.S. commitment to mutual defense agreements with regional allies and partners, and promoting peace and prosperity throughout the Info-Pacific.

The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Groups are conducting dual carrier operations in the Indo-Pacific as the Nimitz CSF.
The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Groups are conducting dual carrier operations in the Indo-Pacific as the Nimitz CSF. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Keenan Daniels/Released)
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