The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group of the US Navy has commenced maritime security and stability operations in the Indian Ocean.
The group includes aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97).
It carries out routine operations in the Indo-Pacific region to support the commitments of the US to its regional allies and partners.
The operations represent the second part of the 2020 deployment under which the strike group sailed in the Indian Ocean.
USS Ronald Reagan commanding officer Captain Fred Goldhammer said: “Our flexible presence is a key element in helping assure our regional allies and partners that the United States remains committed to ensuring freedom of the seas.
“From the international dateline to the Indian Ocean, and everywhere in between, on board Ronald Reagan we seek to preserve peace through strength and remain ready to answer the call.”
The ships and aircraft of the strike group will oversee the warfighting readiness through air defence, anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and force protection exercises.
The US aims to protect the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea, as well as the ability of the countries to exercise the rights.
In August this year, US Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group conducted integrated operations with Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) of Japan in the Philippine Sea.
This move is part of the current shared commitments to achieve regional stability through cooperation.
In May, USS Ronald Reagan successfully completed its maintenance availability programme.