United States Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) sailed transited in Balabac Strait, Palawan on July 15.
Balabac Strait is the strait in southern Palawan that connects the West Philippine Sea with Sulu Sea.
USS Nimitz is the lead ship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group which also includes Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114).
On July 17, Nimitz Carrier Strike Group continued dual-carrier exercises with Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group.
“Nimitz and Reagan Carrier Strike Groups are operating in the South China Sea, wherever international law allows, to reinforce our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, a rules based international order, and to our allies and partners in the region,” said Rear Adm. Jim Kirk, commander, Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. “Security and stability is essential to peace and prosperity for all nations, and it is for that reason the U.S. Navy has been present and ready in the Pacific for over 75 years.”