How the USS Ronald Reagan fighter MK38 machine gun was activated during a military exercise in the Philippine Sea on July 11, 2018. Photo by Kenneth Abbott on the American Navy Flickr page.
The U.S. Navy said in a statement that the aircraft carrier had conducted naval exercises in the South China Sea on Friday.
The announcement said a naval team led by USS Ronald Reagan’s fighter jets conducted exercises with air operations and high-level naval stability operations.
“Training with our Joint Partners is essential to ensure the lethality of the Joint Forces response and to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” said Commander Joshua Fagan, Commander of the U.S. Navy, 70th Task Force Officer aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. Mentioned on behalf of.
The nuclear drill took place amid intense tensions between the United States and China. Washington has criticized Beijing’s Kotarna virus response, accusing it of taking advantage of epidemic opportunities to assert territorial claims in the South China Sea and elsewhere.
The United States has long opposed China’s extensive territorial claims in the South China Sea and has repeatedly sent warships across strategic waters.
China has objected to such exercises, saying the US denial of its rights in the South China Sea has heightened Chinese-American tensions and destabilized the region.
China claims nine-tenths of the resource-rich South China Sea, which trades $ 3 trillion a year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim competitive rights to the South China Sea.