USS Ronald Reagan reaches central part of the South China Sea.
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New information revealed that the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier reached the central part of the South China Sea. A Chinese Type 054A Jiangkai II class frigate is following the aircraft carrier. It left Yokosuka port, Japan on patrol May 19th and reached South China Sea yesterday. It is believed that it is travelling to the Middle-East to support the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan.
The carrier is being accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey and is traversing international waters, but the Chinese frigate is shadowing the carrier.
The aircraft carrier is permanently deployed on Yokosuka port in Japan, and usually spends half the year patrolling the Indo-Pacific. It is the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed carrier and the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, and it is the most visible projection of US maritime power in the Indo-Pacific. It is not the first time the US has used the carrier to push back on China’s aggressive claims of sovereignty over most of the South China Sea.