The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Pacific Ocean Dec. 18, 2020.(Seaman Dylan Lavin/ U.S. Navy)
— SCS Probing Initiative (@SCS_PI) April 4, 2021
This is the second time this year the strike group has entered the contentious body of water.
The U.S. 7th Fleet announced on April 6 that the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group had entered the South China Sea two days before, on April 4, to conduct “routine operations.”
This would be the second time this year that the strike group – consisting of flag ship carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Carrier Air Wing 11, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, Destroyer Squadron 23, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell – has entered that body of water as part of its tasking within the 7th Fleet’s area of operations.
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