LOOK: US supercarrier operates in South China Sea

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United States Navy Carl Vinson Strike Group is currently operating in the Indo-Pacific region to conduct maritime security operations, promote freedom of the seas, and work with partners and allies to enhance regional security and stability, the US military said.

The strike group is composed of Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Air Wing 2, Wayne E. Meyer and Michael Murphy of Destroyer Squadron 1, and guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57).

The South China Sea is part of the Indo-Pacific region.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the South Chna Sea. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is operating in the Western Pacific as part of a regularly schedule deployment. February 10. US Navy photo

“The main reason we’re here in the South China Sea is so that we can continue the work with our partners and our allies, maintain stability in the region, and make sure the freedom of navigation in the sea lanes remain open for trade across the entire world,” USS Carl Vinson commanding officer Captain Douglas C. Verissimo said in a video update released February 13.

“The strike group’s deployment in the Indo-Pacific region marks the second time it is operating under U.S. 3rd Fleet’s command and control,” the US military said. “U.S. 3rd Fleet’s control of ships and aircraft across the Western Pacific and beyond the international dateline to India enables U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet to operate together across a broad spectrum of maritime missions.”

Sources: https://www.facebook.com/USSVINSON/videos/10156171699892628/; http://www.pacom.mil/Media/News/News-Article-View/Article/1428948/carl-vinson-strike-group-arrives-in-guam/