21 Jun '16, 6am

US aircraft carriers start drills off Philippines: Two US aircraft carriers have started exercises in the Phi...

US aircraft carriers start drills off Philippines: Two US aircraft carriers have started exercises in the Phi...

US Navy USS John C. Stennis (CVN_74) and USS O'kane DDG77 Two US aircraft carriers have started exercises in the Philippine Sea, defence officials said Sunday, as Washington’s close ally Manila faces growing pressure from Beijing in the South China Sea. The US Pacific Command said the USS John C. Stennis and USS Ronald Reagan, among the world’s largest warships, began conducting air defense drills, sea surveillance, and long range strikes on Saturday. The command said the operations marked America’s continued presence in the Asia-Pacific as China expands its maritime strength and engages in massive island building activities in disputed waters. “No other Navy can concentrate this much combat power on one sea…It was truly impressive,” said US Rear Admiral Marcus Hitchcock, carrier strike group commander. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited the Stennis in April as it ...

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