U.S. Navy’s Aircraft Carrier Spat With China in South China Sea

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for proponents of naval power, as America’s and China’s two newest aircraft carriers revealed ongoing teething problems. The U.S. Navy’s first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) nuclear-powered supercarrier is the revolutionary successor to the current 10-ship Nimitz-class warships. First laid down in 2008 and commissioned in 2017, the Ford is expected to enter combat service… someday. The Navy hopes to take delivery in October of this year, but delays keep mounting. The Ford uses modern automation to achieve a much-reduced crew size of…

US sends carrier through the South China Sea and this time shows off air prowess – Talk Media News

viation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Dallas Donnelly, from Simi Valley, California, directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 on the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyra M. Campbell) WASHINGTON — The Pentagon sent a carrier through the South China Sea in a high-profile maneuver that sent China complaining and reacting. The USS Ronald Reagan, sailing with a group of dignitaries from the Philippines, sailed through…

US aircraft carrier drops anchor in Manila to send China message

MANILA — The USS Ronald Reagan, a hulking American aircraft carrier, made a port call in Manila Bay this week with a message for Beijing: the South China Sea must be free and open. With a motto of “peace through strength,” the Nimitz class vessel with around 70 fighter jets and a crew of about 5,000 is among the largest in the U.S. Navy fleet. Its carrier strike group includes the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville. Before anchoring in Manila, the warship sailed through the disputed South…

PH stop of US aircraft carrier stirs talk of help vs China

The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is anchored off Manila Bay, Philippine, for a port call Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The USS Ronald Reagan is cruising in international waters in the South China Sea amid tensions in the disputed islands, shoals and reefs between China and other claimant-countries as Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) MANILA, Philippines — One of the United States’ biggest and most advanced warships, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), has arrived in Manila on Wednesday (Aug 7) for a routine port call that…

US carrier stops in Philippines after Duterte’s request – ANN

Diplomacy Trump says U.S.-S. Korea talks on defense payment begin Trump says South Korea must pay more for its defense. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that talks to get South Korea to increase its contribution to the upkeep of U.S. forces in the country have begun. “South Korea is a very wealthy nation that now feels an obligation to contribute to the military defense provided by the U.S. The relationship between the two countries is a very good one,” Trump wrote in a tweet. Trump said Korea had…

US Carrier Drills in Disputed South China Sea as Beijing Closes Waters for Own Exercises

(MENAFN – Daily Outlook Afghanistan) WASHINGTON – USSRonald Reagan has conducted demonstrative flight operations training to promote‘peace through strength’ in the South China Sea, next to disputed strategicatolls where China has been holding its own military drills.To showcase thestrike group’s capabilities, the US Navy has airlifted a small group ofPhilippine officers to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier on Tuesday. Themilitary brass of the island nation, which has been reluctant to side with USin any open confrontation with China, were treated to maneuvers by the Reagan’sair wing, comprised of about 70 F/A-18…

As Duterte Drifts Toward China, a U.S. Carrier Makes a Point in Manila

MANILA — Amid concerns in the Philippines about the future of its military alliance with the United States, the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan moored off Manila this week to show support for an ally locked in a territorial dispute with China. The visit comes shortly after President Rodrigo Duterte told the Philippine Congress that he couldn’t do anything to ward off China’s claims in the South China Sea and would rather negotiate with Beijing than risk a potentially disastrous war. The aircraft carrier was meant to send a different message:…

US aircraft carrier arrives in Philippines af…

Fighter jets and recon aircraft aboard USS Ronald Reagan with Manila in distance, Aug. 7 (US Navy photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Wednesday (Aug. 7) the U.S. Navy’s Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group 5 made port in Manila after sailing through the South China Sea in what has been seen as a message from the U.S. to Beijing. The journey of the USS Ronald Reagan through the contested South China Sea was reported on Tuesday (Aug. 6) as it was en route to the Philippines for a…