Admiral Samuel Paparo

Rear Admiral Blake Converse

Fleet Master Chief James Tocorzic

From Task Force 70 Public Affairs

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steams through international waters of the South China Sea, Sept. 24. (U.S. Navy / MC3 Askia Collins)

SOUTH CHINA SEA – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group will be deployed to the South China Sea for the second time during its 2021 deployment on September 24th.

The Carrier Assault Group includes the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and embarked Task Force 70 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staffs, and the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).

The attack group invades the South China Sea after successfully conducting sea operations in the 5th

“We look forward to leveraging our recent out-of-area experience returning to the South China Sea and our fast-growing alliances and partnerships for the Indo-Pacific,” said Rear Adm. Will Pennington, Commander of Task Force 70, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5. “The deployment of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group to the Middle East and the swift, seamless return to the Pacific underscores the flexibility and responsiveness of a leading naval force, as well as the power and reach of global coalitions committed to stability through international law and rule-based law Order provided. “

In the South China Sea, the task force will conduct fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, sea attack exercises, anti-submarine defense operations and coordinated tactical training.

“Ronald Reagan and all components of his strike group have worked with relentless energy and dedication throughout the operation, demonstrating America’s strength and resilience,” said Captain Fred Goldhammer, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “As we continue our mission in the South China Sea, we remain vigilant and ready to answer the call.”

The strike group will work with its network of partners and alliances to ensure maritime security and free trade in the Indo-Pacific.

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area of ​​operations of the 7th Fleet in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The U.S. 7th Fleet is conducting forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of ​​operations. As the largest forward-deployed fleet in the U.S. Navy, the 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that promote maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Darren Osias stands watch aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Sept. 24. (U.S. Navy / MC3 Askia Collins)

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