PHILIPPINE SEA (June 17, 2020) An E/A-18G Growler assigned to the Gray Wolves of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), June 17, 2020. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Wheeler/Released)
National Interest: The U.S. Navy Is Ready for Trouble in the South China Sea or Near TaiwanNot only do these types of operations extend the Navy’s ability to attack inland targets to a larger extent, extend target-searching dwell time and enable coordinated multi-platform strikes, but they also greatly improve destroyer-and-cruiser launched missile attacks.
The U.S. Navy is preparing for expansive two-carrier attacks in the Pacific by connecting the USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups for combined operations near the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea.
The exercise, which is, of course, not planning any attacks or specific war moves, is intended to ensure that U.S. carrier power-projection is ready, capable and highly functional should it need to launch coordinated combat operations in the area.
Navy commanders are referring to this a specific effort to sustain “readiness” in a highly “pressurized region,” of course acknowledging the current U.S.-Chinese tension.
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Update: Theodore Roosevelt, Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups Operate Together in 7th Fleet (Navy.mil)
WNU Editor: This is all about sending a message to both allies and foes in the region that the U.S. is present.