The US Navy’s Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (NIMCSG) has commenced its operations in the South China Sea region.

This marks the first 2022-2023 deployment of the NIMCSG, starting from 12 January, in the Indo-Pacific area of operations to reinforce US’ commitment in safeguarding the rules-based international order.

The NIMCSG includes the US Navy’s lead Nimitz-class aircraft carrier CVN 68, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) along with three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Wayne E Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93).

Personnel and staff members from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, Destroyer Squadron Nine (DESRON 9) and squadrons from Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW 17) are also a part of this strike force.

During this deployment, the strike group will carry out a wide range of naval exercises and activities, including anti-submarine missions and maritime strike training.

The NIMCSG will also undertake integrated multi-domain missions and joint training activities between surface and air elements along with other flight operations with fixed and rotary wing aircraft assigned within the group.

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CSG 11 commander rear admiral Christopher Sweeney said: “The NIMCSG has the capability to deliver integrated lethal and non-lethal effects from space to undersea, across every axis, and every domain.

“Our sailors’ tenacity and warfighting prowess are unmatched and a testimony to our country’s determination to work alongside our allies and partners to maintain free and open seas.”

The latest deployment comes a month after the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) recently claimed that the US Navy’s two warships ‘trespassed’ into its maritime zone near China’s Nansha Islands.

The claims were later rejected by the US Indo-Pacific Command on 30 November 2022.