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US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson enters South China Sea.

USS Carl Vinson in Yokosuka port Japan, before its departure to the South China Sea. Image Credit: Seaman Zenaida Roth

The Nimitz-class US aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) entered the South China Sea on Monday. On board the carrier there are 5,000 crew and 70 aircraft. The carrier is deployed with the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations that serve to operate in the Indo-Pacific to support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The aircraft carrier is homeported at San Diego, California where it departed on August 2nd for  in support of global maritime security operations. In August 28th it arrived in Yokosuka port, Japan. It was initially thought that it would carry out military exercises with UK Carrier strike group CSG21 and Japanese navy, but later they said they would not participate.

US navy regularly pass through the South China Sea angering China which claims most of the Sea.

More details to follow.

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