USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), a United States Navy Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was reportedly spotted in San Bernardino Strait which separates Bicol and Samar in central Philippines. US Navy Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) was also spotted.
In May, USS Ronald Reagan, forward-deployed to US 7th Fleet area of operations, departed its homeport in Yokosuka, Japan for deployment.
On June 28, Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group started a dual carrier operations in Philippine Sea with Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, as Nimitz Carrier Strike Force.
“We aggressively seek out every opportunity to advance and strengthen our capabilities and proficiency at conducting all-domain warfighting operations,” said US Navy Rear Admiral George Wikoff, commander Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group. “The U.S. Navy remains mission ready and globally deployed. Dual carrier operations demonstrate our commitment to regional allies, our ability to rapidly mass combat power in the Indo-Pacific, and our readiness to confront all those who challenge international norms that support regional stability.”