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USS Ronald Reagan passed through the Singapore Strait.

Image Credit: USNavy

At noon today, Taiwan time, USS Ronald Reagan passed through the Singapore Strait where it will head towards the Strait of Malacca. The US 7th fleet Japanese-based 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. 

Recently, USNI news agency revealed that the carrier might be heading to Afghanistan for the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. While traversing the highly disputed South China Sea, the aircraft carrier conducted several maritime security operations, which include flight operations with fixed and rotary wing aircraft, coordinated tactical training between surface and air military units and also maritime strike exercises.

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