Beijing Slams US Operation in Philippine Sea as ‘Cold War Mentality’

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
By Paul Martin

The world’s two largest aircraft carriers, the USS John C. Stennis and the Ronald Reagan, began dual-carrier flight operations in the Philippine Sea over the weekend, for the first time in about two years.

The ships and aircraft from both carrier strike groups began coordinated operations in international waters on June 18, “demonstrating the United States’ unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups in close proximity,” according to a Navy news release.

The operations included air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, long-range strikes and more. About 12,000 sailors, 140 aircraft and six warships are involved in the operation.

“Today, we continue that long history as our two carrier strike groups maneuver together in the Philippine Sea,” Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock, commander of CSG 3/Stennis CSG, said in the Navy news release.

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