Strength secures freedom – US defense secretary

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“Goodwill and best wishes do not secure freedom. Strength does. You have the watch in the South China Sea, @USNavy, #USSNimitz, & #USSRonaldReagan,” United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a Twitter post July 12.

Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and CVW-17 fly in formation over the Nimitz Carrier Strike Force, July 6. US Navy photo

After meeting up for dual carrier operations late June in the Philippine Sea, Nimitz and Ronald Reagan carrier strike groups proceeded to South China Sea to continue operations as Nimitz Carrier Strike Force.

“Dual carrier operations provide increased reach, power projection, and continuity of operations, particularly in the air domain. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, embarked aboard Ronald Reagan, and CVW-17, embarked aboard Nimitz, launched and recovered hundreds of aircraft daily, continually operating around-the-clock,” the US Navy said.

“Together, the strike force was able to extend the reach of air superiority, and provide greater security throughout the region,” it added.