The Us Resumed Exercises In The South China Sea With The Participation Of Two Aircraft Carriers
The US Pacific Fleet is conducting its second exercise in a month involving the aircraft carriers Nimitz and Ronald Reagan and their accompanying ships in the South China Sea, according to the command of the US Pacific Fleet.
Twelve thousand sailors and Marines are involved in the exercises. More than 120 aircraft are stationed on aircraft carriers. The composition of carrier battle groups, including cruisers and destroyers. The Navy statement notes that the purpose of the maneuvers is to maintain combat readiness, and they should not be considered as a response to any specific threat.
Nimitz and Ronald Reagan are sailing together in the South China Sea for the second time in less than a month. Previous exercises took place on July 4-5, when Chinese Navy ships also conducted maneuvers in the area. At that time, American aircraft carriers were also accompanied by the b-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber.
Located in the South China Sea, the Paracel Islands (Xisha) and the Spratly archipelago (Nansha) have been the subject of a multi-ethnic regional conflict for many years. The main parties to the dispute over these territories and surrounding waters are Vietnam and China, while Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines also claim partial or full claims to the Islands. The US does not recognize China's sovereignty over these Islands.