US, Japan Aircraft Carriers Conduct Naval Exercise in South China Sea

The U.S. Navy Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) largest flattop, the first-of-class JS Izumo, jointly held a naval exercise in the South China Sea from June 10 to 12, the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement.

The Ronald Reagan carrier strike group (CSG) and the Izumo carrier group, which consists of the Murasame-class destroyers, JS Murasame and JS Akebone, as well as five military aircraft, “participated in a cooperative deployment,” according to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

“Reagan, Akebono, Izumo, and Murasame conducted communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills, and liaison officer exchanges designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea,” the statement said. Read More

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