A Chinese eight-ship carrier group was dispatched into the Pacific Ocean via transit of the Miyako Strait in Japan on Monday.
“This is a routine training organized by the Chinese navy according to the annual work plan, aiming to improve the ability to perform missions, in line with relevant international law and international practice, and not targeting any party,” said Chinese Naval Spokesman Gao Xiucheng.
The Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MOD) confirmed that the eight-ship carrier group was led by the carrier CNS Liaoning and was accompanied by five destroyers, a frigate, and a replenishment ship.
This recent mission marked the first time the Liaoning has been in the area since December of last year.
Liaoning and other carrier ships conducted flight operations in the Pacific Ocean near the Kita Daito and Oki Daito islands in Japan in December of 2021.
The Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) Joint Staff Office (JSO) also confirmed the Chinese carrier’s passage on Monday and captured photographs.
The US Naval Institute revealed that the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) which was based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, monitored the Chinese carrier ships
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