U.S. carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea


Sailors man the rails as the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier departs on deployment from Naval Station North Island in Coronado, California, U.S. January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Sailors man the rails as the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier departs on deployment from Naval Station North Island in Coronado, California, U.S. January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea.

The U.S. navy said the force, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began routine operations in the South China Sea on Saturday. The announcement was posted on the Vinson’s Facebook page.

The strike group’s commander, Rear Admiral James Kilby, said that weeks of training in the Pacific had improved the group’s effectiveness and readiness.

“We are looking forward to demonstrating those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with our allies, partners and friends in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” he was quoted as saying by the Navy News Service.

Friction between the United States and China over trade and territory under U.S. President Donald Trump have increased concerns that the South China Sea could become a flashpoint.

China wrapped up its own naval exercises in the South China Sea on Friday. War games involving its own aircraft carrier have unnerved neighbors with which it has long-running territorial disputes.

China lays claim to almost all of the resource-rich South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion worth of trade passes each year.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim parts of the waters that command strategic sea lanes and have rich fishing grounds, along with oil and gas deposits.

The United States has criticized Beijing’s construction of man-made islands and build-up of military facilities in the sea, and expressed concern they could be used to restrict free movement.

(Reporting by Matthew Tostevin)

Source: Reuters “U.S. carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea”

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5 Comments on “U.S. carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea”

  1. Joseph says:

    USS Carl Vinson? What happened to the Stennis? Does it sink? Or does it break down? If there is steam spewing, obviously they will keep it secret. Not that anyone would notice the Stennis anyway, except debt collector perhaps.

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  2. Mad Max says:

    Best to let them be and don’t give them the attention and publicity they want. It’s all psychological BS.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Actually it is best for the PLAN to respect the power of a US Navy battle group and stay out of its way

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      • Assassin says:

        More psyching when the truth has been called eh?

        Sorry bud. Ignoring your CBG doesn’t mean afraid, “respectful”, and getting out of its way. It’s not giving you the due publicity you intend.

        You will be met with stiff “Halt! And declare and get the p*ss out of here” if you step one step too far.

        Nice try with your misinfo as usual.

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      • Joseph says:

        If the PLAN does not stay out US navy battle group, what is the American going to do about it? Showing the power of the US navy battle group? What is the power anyway? The horde of those fake news made famous by POTUS Donald Trump?

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