Two U.S. aircraft carrier combat groups work in the Philippine Sea, while another carrier carrier group is also present.
Accordingly, the ships and aircraft belonging to these two groups started coordinated operations in international waters, showing the unique US capacity to operate aircraft carrier combat groups in close proximity.
At sea, the two groups of ships will support air defense exercises, sea reconnaissance, supplies, defensive training in air combat, long-range attack, coordinated maneuvers and many other exercises.
“This is a great opportunity for us to train together in a complex scenario,”
“By working together in this environment, we’re improving our tactical skills and readiness in the face of an increasingly pressurized region and COVID-19,” according to Admiral Doug Verissimo, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9.
According to the US Navy, as a Pacific country, the United States has an interest in maintaining security, prosperity, a peaceful solution to disputes, legitimate trade is unimpeded, and respect for freedom of navigation and overflight throughout the common areas of the Indian Ocean – Pacific.
The US Navy makes it clear that for more than 75 years, the force has been present and stable to conduct operations throughout the region daily.
“The United States Navy has long history of operating multiple carrier strike groups as a combined force in the Pacific.”
“Our operations demonstrate the resilience and readiness of our naval force and are a powerful message of our commitment to regional security and stability as we protect the critically important rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea for the benefit of all nations,” said Rear Admiral James Kirk, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11.