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US aircraft carrier group deployed for ‘routine patrols’ in S. China Sea

Discussion in 'The Americas' started by lca-fan, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. lca-fan

    lca-fan Captain FULL MEMBER

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    US aircraft carrier group deployed for ‘routine patrols’ in S. China Sea
    Published time: 19 Feb, 2017 04:49Edited time: 19 Feb, 2017 04:54



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    Ignoring repeated warnings from Beijing not to aggravate tensions in Southeast Asia, the US Navy has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group for “routine” maritime patrols in the vicinity of the disputed South China Sea waters.
    The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, together with aircraft from the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer started “routine operations in the South China,” the US Navy announced.
    The deployment of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 began Saturday, just days after China issued a stern warning to stay away from the area.

    “China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters,” China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang saidWednesday. “China respects and upholds the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea which countries enjoy under international law, but firmly opposes any country’s attempt to undermine China’s sovereignty and security in the name of the freedom of navigation and overflight.”

    Despite the warning, US patrols got underway in the disputed waters, right after an American flotilla held drills off the islands of Hawaii and Guam to “maintain and improve their readiness and develop cohesion as a strike group.”

    “The training completed over the past few weeks has really brought the team together and improved our effectiveness and readiness as a strike group,” said Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander of CSG 1. “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.”
    As tensions between US and China intensify, the US Navy appears to continue disregard Beijing’s interests in the immediate proximity of the disputed islands, claiming the moves are designed to ensure the principles of freedom of navigation in international waters.
    The Spratly Islands, or Spratlys, comprise more than 750 islets, atolls, and reefs, and lie off the coastlines of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and China, with all the claimants having their own national names for the archipelago. Beijing persists in claiming the reefs in defiance of a ruling issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at the Hague.

    While freedom of navigation and military drills accelerated under President Barack Obama's administration, Trump and his team appear to be heading on a collision course with China.

    US-China relations, already frosty over the disputed South China Sea islands, became more strained after Trump’s phone conversation with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, which immediately followed the Republican’s victory. The exchange infuriated Beijing, who considered it running against the bilateral protocol of the so-called 'One-China' policy, under which Washington views Taiwan as part of China.

    And just over the last two weeks, both Trump and James Mattis, the current US Secretary of Defense, vowed to protect Japan in any territorial disputes it has with China in the East China Sea.

    The situation has been further exacerbated by China’s militarization of the South China Sea. Chinese State media Xinhua announced on Friday that China's Navy had completed a week-long exercise there. The “scheduled” maneuvers entailed sudden attack drills and had three Chinese warships participating, including a destroyer.

    https://www.rt.com/news/377841-us-carrier-china-sea-patrols/
     
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  2. SvenSvensonov

    SvenSvensonov MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    I'm sure we can expect another warning on "upsetting the balance of global harmony" or some other hypocritical zen bullshit from the usual suspects, but our boats are going to sail where our boats please and if someone doesn't like that they can take a number, form a line and kiss our collective asses.

    Anyway, here's some pictures of CSG 1 (from January 2017).

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  3. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Captain Technical Analyst

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    We are looking at USN back at 11 Super Carrier Battle Groups. So it can create a dedicated fleet in South East Asia . A dedicated fleet in South East Asia would reduce the operational pressures off the 7th fleet given the Chinese are becoming aggressive in East China Sea too.

    We have seen China adding new Destroyers and Amphibious docks exclusively to its Southern Fleet which focuses on South China Sea.
     
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  4. Lion of Rajputana

    Lion of Rajputana Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    This one's for everybody who said Trump would pull the US back from Asia and be an isolationist and this and that. Surprise surprise!
     
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    venureddy Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    nice pics bro
     
  6. lca-fan

    lca-fan Captain FULL MEMBER

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    The biggest question however is where does India fits in all this. And if things deteriorate between US and China what will be our role and effects on the entire region?
     
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    Ripcord322 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    See bro, IMHO
    The more the Chinese have their resources allocated to other places...Its beneficial for their foes....

    The US has always wanted us to play a bigger role in the SCS issue (classic offloading tactic)

    Anyway, I believe the Chinese will NEVER let the situation deteriorate....NEVER...They are smart not delusional.
     
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  8. BMD

    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Yeah, because claiming an entire sea isn't doing any of that is it?:rolleyes:
     
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    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Indeed, the last decade has been about them seeing how much they can get away with.
     
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  10. Rain Man

    Rain Man 2nd Lieutant POLITICAL ANALYST

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    We should continue to dig oil in Vietnam sea and arm Vietnam to the level of Pakistan following China's example. Vietnamese have balls to make good use of the weapons when time comes.
     
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    Airfields Afloat: The USA’s New Gerald Ford Class Super-Carriers
    Apr 17, 2017 01:04 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
    Latest update [?]
    April 16/17: Just days into its first sea trials, the PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) responded to an emergency [​IMG] [​IMG] on the USS Oak Hill, where a sailor onboard needed urgent medical attention. The mission involved a MH-60S from HSC-22 which took off from the ship and rendezvoused with Oak Hill on Apr. 11 to take the patient to Navy Medical Center Portsmouth. Following the successful transportation, Capt. Richard McCormack, Ford’s commanding officer, addressed the crew and expressed his pride in Ford sailors and the embarked squadron for their flexibility, mission readiness, and eagerness to help a Shipmate in need. The sailor is in a stable condition.

    The above update is a recent abstract from our full article, itself part of our subscription offering. Keep reading to know more.[​IMG]
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    Some nations have aircraft carriers. The USA has super-carriers. The French Charles De Gaulle Class [​IMG] nuclear carriers displace about 43,000t. India’s new Vikramaditya/ Admiral Gorshkov Class will have a similar displacement. The future British CVF Queen Elizabeth Class and related French PA2 Project are expected to displace about 65,000t, while the British Invincible Class carriers [​IMG] that participated in the Falklands War weigh in at just 22,000t. Invincible actually compares well to Italy’s excellent new Cavour Class [​IMG] (27,000t), and Spain’s Principe de Asturias Class [​IMG] (17,000t). The USA’s Nimitz Class and CVN-21 Gerald R. Ford Class, in contrast, fall in the 90,000+ tonne range. Hence their unofficial designation: “super-carriers”. Just one of these ships packs a more potent air force than many nations.

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    Nimitz Class cutaway
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    As the successor to the 102,000 ton Nimitz Class super-carriers [​IMG], the CVN-21 program [​IMG] aimed to increase aircraft sortie generation rates by 20%, increase survivability to better handle future threats, require fewer sailors, and have depot maintenance requirements that could support an increase of up to 25% in operational availability. The combination of a new design nuclear propulsion plant and an improved electric plant are expected to provide 2-3 times the electrical generation capacity of previous carriers, which in turn enables systems like an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System (EMALS, replacing steam-driven catapults), Advanced Arresting Gear, and integrated combat electronics that will leverage advances in open systems architecture. Other CVN-21 features include an enhanced flight deck, improved weapons handling and aircraft servicing efficiency, and a flexible island arrangement allowing for future technology insertion. This graphic [​IMG] points out many of the key improvements.

    DID’s CVN-21 FOCUS Article offers a detailed look at a number of the program’s key innovations, as well as a list of relevant contract awards and events
     

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