US Navy sends USS Ronald Reagan CSG to Indo-Pacific

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on May 20, 2021, the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and its strike group departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) to support security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group transit the Philippine Sea in July 2020 (Picture source: U.S. Navy)

During this routine at-sea period, Ronald Reagan, its strike group ships and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are expected to work with allies and partners, promote adherence to a rules-based international order, as well as maintain presence and flexibility to meet the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Ronald Reagan successfully completed sea trials in preparation for deployment on May 13.

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group also includes the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest numbered fleet in the world, and with the help of 35 other maritime-nation allies and partners, the U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years, providing credible, ready forces to help preserve peace and prevent conflict.

More than a month ago, US Navy sends USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Carrier Strike Group to the South China Sea.

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in service with the United States Navy. The contract to build Ronald Reagan was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, on 8 December 1994, and her keel was laid down on 12 February 1998. It was commissioned on 12 July 2003 at Naval Station Norfolk, with Captain J. W. Goodwin in command.

USS HALSEY is the 47th ship in the ARLEIGH BURKE - a class of Aegis guided-missile destroyers and the second ship in the Navy named after Fleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey.

Commissioned on July 18, 1992, USS Shiloh is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser. It has two SH-60 Seahawk multi-purpose helicopters, used primarily for anti-submarine warfare.