The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and the landing ship USS Essex conducted joint exercises in the East China Sea, bolstering U.S. naval capabilities in the region.
navy America It was announced that the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier battle group and the Essex amphibious assault ship battle group had just conducted “expeditionary strike training” in the East China Sea. The exercise came after two “super battleships” entered the East China Sea on January 11 and ended on January 16.
The exercises included coordinated maritime attack, penetration of enemy waters, submarine search, refueling at sea and formation movement. “These are the latest activities to enhance naval readiness and synergy in the Indo-Pacific,” the Navy said in a statement.
Rear Admiral Dan Martin, commander of Task Force Carl Vinson, said the ability to quickly coordinate and coordinate with amphibious formations demonstrates the diverse capabilities of the U.S. Navy. “The long-range strike capability of the Carl Vinson Group ships and the ability to deploy Marines to all waters of the Essex Group contributes greatly to the protection of U.S. strategic strength in the Indo-Pacific. Duong is open and free,” he said. Say.
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex are the two largest ships in the U.S. Navy.
The Carl Vinson Strike Group includes the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, and three destroyers, including USS Michael Murphy, USS O’Kane and USS Chaffey. Working with the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is the Second Fleet Air Wing, consisting of nine squadrons and dozens of aircraft, including a stealth fighter unit F-35C.
The Essex Strike Group includes the amphibious assault ship USS Essex with F-35B stealth fighter jets, the amphibious dock ship USS Pearl Harbor and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Force.
The United States and the United Kingdom, France and other western countries virtue Recently increased military presence and freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea as tensions escalate China Expand naval power and establish military outposts on artificial islands illegally constructed in the region.
The U.S. Navy held joint exercises of two aircraft carrier battle groups in the East China Sea in July 2020 and February 2021. In October 2021, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its frigates also conducted joint exercises in the East China Sea with the Japanese helicopter carrier USS Kaga.
The United States has repeatedly opposed China’s unreasonable claims in the region, accusing it of militarizing the South China Sea and threatening neighboring countries.U.S. Department of State Department of Oceanography, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs January 12 file release Page 47 refutes the geographic and historical basis for China’s illegal claims in the South China Sea.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lai Thi Chou Hang said on January 14: Vietnam It has repeatedly affirmed its consistent and clear position that it “consistently opposes and does not accept any relevant claims that are inconsistent with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).”
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