US aircraft carrier holds live-fire drill, flight ops in Philippine Sea

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The United States Navy’s forward deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) recently conducted live-fire drill and flight operations in the Philippine Sea.

PHILIPPINE SEA (July 31, 2019) An MK15 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) fires aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a live-fire exercise. US Navy photo
PHILIPPINE SEA (July 29, 2019) A Sailor performs upkeep maintenance on an aircraft on the flight deck aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during flight operations. US Navy photo

“Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region,” the US Navy said.

USS Ronald Reagan participated in the recently concluded Talisman Sabre 2019 in Australia with Japanese and Australian forces.

Talisman Sabre 2019 aimed to strengthen and illustrate Australian-U.S. combat readiness and interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities, and conduct maritime pre-positioning and logistics operations in maritime and littoral training areas of the Pacific.