The U.S. Navy’s Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group joined forces to conduct security and stability operations in the South China Sea.
The multitude of joint, high-end warfighting exercises included other ships, and aircraft from the U.S. Navy, as well as aircraft from the U.S. Marine Corps while forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
“Our operations in the Indo-Pacific are focused on maintaining regional stability and security,” said Rear Adm. George Wikoff, commander, Task Force 70. “Our presence reflects our commitment to the values we share with the many partners and allies in the region, and we stand prepared to deter those who challenge these mutual values with the overwhelming force of our combined carrier and amphibious strike groups.”
While operating together, the Navy-Marine Corps team sharpened their interoperability through a series of exercises designed to increase battle readiness. Assets participated in a variety of evolutions to include maritime strike operations, search and rescue operations, fast attack craft defense, maritime interdiction operations, small arms and crew-served weapons live-fire drills, air defense and anti-submarine warfare operations.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is the centerpiece of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, which includes Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers, and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15.
USS Boxer (LHD 4) is the flagship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), which includes a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, a Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship, and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
The Boxer ARG and 11th MEU entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations on Sept. 23 during a scheduled deployment.