Amidst rising tensions between the US and China, US Navy on Tuesday in its statement revealed that its aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan had been deployed in the South China sea for routine maritime security missions.
The statement said that USS Ronald Reagan was leading a carrier strike group including the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey for conduction of routine missions as a part of the US navy's Indo-pacific presence.
According to the US Navy, the routine missions are regarding the increase of maritime security in the region and included maritime strike exercises, flight operations, and coordinated tactical training between the air and surface units.
The deployment of the USS Ronald Reagan for maritime security missions in the region according to Rear Adm. Will Pennington, commander of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is a sign of the commitment of the US navy to the vow made to its allies on freedom of navigation through the congested and disputed region.
Pennington added, "It is both a privilege and a pleasure to work alongside our allies, partners, and joint service teammates to provide full-spectrum support to key maritime commons and ensure all nations continue to benefit from a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”
South China sea strategically and the economically significant region is considered as a disputed area by many nations for years now, as it has witnessed unilateral expansion and dominance by China in terms of naval vessel deployments and ramping up of infrastructure, at an unmatched pace.
The recent development of the USS Reagan strike group operating in the South China sea when the tensions between Washington and Beijing are on the rise along with the condemnation of China's expansionist policies in the G7 meet has not gone down well with China as expected.
And in an aggravating response to drills in the South China sea by the US navy reports have emerged of 28 PLA warplanes entering the Taiwanese airspace, an ally of the US.
Several news agencies reported in May that USS Ronald Reagan is expected to join the fifth fleet of the US navy by this summer in the middle East for assisting the return of US troops in Afghanistan.