The United States Department of Defense said in a statement that two US aircraft carrier groups entered the disputed South China Sea for training and to reassure allies and demonstrate resolve to “counter malign influence.”
Officials said the two US Navy Carrier Strike Groups had begun operations in the South China Sea on Sunday, led by their flagships USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln.
The carrier groups would carry out exercises on operations like anti-submarine warfare, air warfare, and maritime interdiction to strengthen combat readiness.
“Operations like these allow us to improve our combat credible capability, reassure our allies and partners, and demonstrate our resolve as a Navy to ensure regional stability and counter malign influence,” Rear Admiral J.T. Anderson, commander of the strike group led by the USS Abraham Lincoln, said.
Both carrier groups were reported on Sunday by the US Navy to have been exercising with Japan’s navy in the Philippine Sea, an area that includes waters to the east of Taiwan.
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