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USS Ronald Reagan conducted a bilateral exercise with the Japanese Navy in the Indian Ocean.

Image Credit: Japanese Maritime Self- Defence Force Twitter account.

Today, US 7th fleet Japanese-based carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, USS Shiloh and USS Halsey conducted a bilateral exercise with Japanese navy ships, JS Kashima and JS Setoyuki in the Indian Ocean in order to strengthen operation and tactical skills with the Japanese navy.

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.

According to USNI news agency, USS Ronald Reagan is expected to be on its way to the Middle East to support the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

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