Two U.S. carrier groups conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea on Feb. 9, 2021, days after a U.S. warship sailed near Chinese-controlled islands in the disputed waters, as China denounced the United States for damaging peace and stability.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the frequent moves by U.S. warships and aircraft into the South China Sea in a 'show of force' was not conducive to regional peace and stability. 'China will continue to take necessary measures to firmly safeguard national sovereignty and security and work with countries in the region to firmly safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea,' he stressed.
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group 'conducted a multitude of exercises aimed at increasing interoperability between assets as well as command and control capabilities', the U.S. Navy said, marking the first dual carrier operations in the busy waterway since July 2020.
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A ship equipped with weapons and designed to take part in warfare at sea.
The Navy is forging ahead with a plan to build a 355-ship fleet, but its construction budget for new warships is set to fall significantly in 2021.
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