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The US Just Parked A Fleet Of Aircraft Carriers Right On China’s Doorstep

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Multiple U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have amassed in the waters east of China, the U.S. Naval Institute reported Monday.

The USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike groups, the USS America expeditionary strike group, as well as the USS Tripoli are operating in and around Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines, according to the U.S. Naval Institute fleet tracker.

The exercise marks the first time two America-class ships, the USS America and USS Tripoli, have operated in the Asia-Pacific region at the same time, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s translation of China’s Observer News.

Though the USS America and USS Tripoli are capable of carrying helicopters and fighter jets upon their flight decks, and thus resemble small aircraft carriers, the ships are classified as “amphibious assault ships,” according to a Navy profile. Amphibious assault ships are configured to support land-based operations, whereas aircraft carriers are optimized to dominate naval and air encounters, according to RealClear Defense.

The arrival of the U.S. Navy warships near China comes just a week after the USS Port Royal, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, was shadowed by China’s Eastern Theater Command while conducting a freedom of navigation exercise through the Taiwan Strait on May 10. The USS Port Royal’s trip came in response to the Chinese military surrounding Taiwan to the east and southwest between May 6 and 8 in a “rehearsal” for a “reunification-by-force” operation.

The largest iteration of the Liaoning aircraft carrier group to date also participated in China’s aerial, naval and ballistic live-fire war game in the waters off Taiwan after conducting military drills near the U.S. Navy base at Sasebo, Japan, on May 2.

The Liaoning aircraft carrier group is now reportedly operating near the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group, according to China’s Observer. The USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group conducted “dynamic deterrence missions” and “long-range maritime strikes” in the Philippine Sea on May 13, according to the Navy.

The Department of Defense and Navy did not respond immediately to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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  1. You don’t really think the US is stupid enough to get into a two-front war? Going head-to-head with Japan and Germany in WWII was difficult when there was a domestic manufacturing base to produce war materiel (uniforms, boots, PPE, tin, steel and basic foodstuffs). I posit it would now be next to impossible to conduct a sustained war mobilization effort due to the outsourcing/off-shoring efforts that have so enriched the political class. That in conjunction with expending a major portion of available high-tech defense systems against Russia in Ukraine would leave the US with a timeline measured in months before required systems were no longer available. The only logical fall back to suing for peace would be a nuclear escalation. US leadership has no concept of the shit storm brewing. They believe the world will be willing to chose up sides and go for broke. Sorry US, ain’t gonna happen. The rest of the world is onto your game.

  2. Is this the same ‘US Fleet’ that has Brussels giving the shoot orders?
    https://libertarianinstitute.org/news-roundup/nato-takes-command-of-us-carrier-strike-group-for-massive-drill/
    NATO Takes Command of US Carrier Strike Group for Massive Drill
    The USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier strike group and other American warships have come under the command of the NATO alliance for major military drills in the Baltic, Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas.

    Dubbed “Neptune Shield 22” (NESH 22), the war games will run from May 17-31 and involve 19 NATO members, among them Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US.

    A NATO press release said several US ships will come under the control of the alliance’s Naval Striking and Support Forces command – also known as STRIKFORNATO – for the duration of the military exercises.

  3. Imagine if China did that off Hawaii or San Diego. Would the US respond? You durn skippy they would. If Russia overthrew Canada and started shelling enclaves with US ex-pats there would the US respond? If you think not then ya’ll silly/ So maybe we can understand the security concerns the other side feels that are being stoked constantly by the US and its proxies.

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