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Aircraft carriers USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt train together in South China Sea

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Stars & Stripes

Aircraft carriers USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt train together in South China Sea


By CAITLIN DOORNBOS

The aircraft carriers USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt and their strike groups met in the contentious South China Sea for joint operations on Tuesday, according to a Navy statement.

“The ships and aircraft of the two strike groups coordinated operations in a highly trafficked area to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's ability to operate in challenging environments,” the statement said.

Two-carrier exercises are relatively rare, though they have seen a recent uptick in frequency. As of Tuesday, just nine have taken place in the Indo-Pacific region since 2001 — four since June.

The Navy last conducted dual carrier operations in the South China Sea in July, when the Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan operated together twice.

China claims about 90% of the South China Sea as its territorial waters despite an international ruling in 2016 to the contrary. The U.S. in July formally rejected Beijing’s assertions in the region and regularly sends the Navy to challenge Chinese claims there.

Full story https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/aircraft-carriers-uss-nimitz-and-uss-theodore-roosevelt-train-together-in-south-china-sea-1.661546