United States Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) sailed through San Bernardino Strait in central Philippines going to West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) from Philippine Sea on July 3.
Photos of the said US Navy warships sailing in San Bernardino Strait were released by the US Navy.
San Bernardino Strait separates Bicol in Luzon island and the island of Samar. It connects Samar Sea to Philippine Sea.
Ronald Reagan carrier strike group is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and routinely conducts security and stability operations in the Indo-Pacific, the US Navy said.
Ronald Reagan carrier strike group consists of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89).
Ronald Reagan carrier strike group is currently in dual carrier operation with Nimitz carrier strike group in South China Sea as Nimitz Carrier Strike Force. Dual carrier operation started June 28 in Philippine Sea.