The USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group (CSG) is now operating in the South China Sea, according to Navy reports.(1)
China considers the South China Sea to be their property and has threatened the US Navy on many occasions and has, in the past, seized US aircraft and unmanned assets. If there’s a high risk operating area in the world for the US Navy, the South China Sea would be it. Therefore, if we’re going to operate a CGS within easy range of the entire Chinese military, it’s only prudent to send a massive carrier strike group. Here’s a list of the many ships of the Reagan CSG:
USS Ronald Reagan (Nimitz class)
USS Shiloh (Ticonderoga class)
USS Halsey (Burke class)
A carrier with two escorts operating in the highest risk area in the world ... do I need to say anything else?