The U.S. Navy Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group continues South China Sea operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific, July 17. While operating in the South China Sea, the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group teamed up with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group to maintain warfighting readiness and proficiency by conducting tactical air defense exercises. These integrated exercises improve the Navy’s ability to respond to regional contingencies. While deployed, the Carrier Strike Group is conducting high-end exercises and operations that maintain responsive, flexible, and enduring commitments to mutual defense agreements with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific.
“Routine carrier operations in the South China Sea reinforce our commitment to our regional allies and partners,” said Rear Admiral George Wikoff, commander, Carrier Strike Group 5. “We support a cooperative approach to preserving stability in concert with international law while opposing those who threaten regional security.”
The U.S. Navy regularly conducts integrated strike group operations to support a free and open Indo-Pacific, and promote an international rules-based order wherein each country can reach its potential without sacrificing national sovereignty. The 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), and is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and routinely conducts security and stability operations in the Indo-Pacific.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered supercarrier in the service of the United States Navy. The contract to build Ronald Reagan was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, on 8 December 1994, and her keel was laid down on 12 February 1998. As the ninth ship of her class, she’s named in honor of Ronald W. Reagan, President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. In October 2015, Ronald Reagan replaced USS George Washington as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, the only forward-based carrier strike group home-ported at Yokosuka, Japan, as part of the United States Seventh Fleet.