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The carrier battle group includes the Navy’s only forward deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Enterprise Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and embarked personnel from Task Force 70 and U.S. Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, as well as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65).

“Addressing challenges with our allies is an important part of our role as a forward deployed unit,” said Captain Edward Angelinas, commanding officer of Chancellorsville. “The crew of Chancellorsville is proud to contribute to our mutual defense agreements and to increase our interoperability and partnership with the maritime forces of the Republic of Korea and Japan.”

While operating with its maritime allies Japan and the Republic of Korea, which also included JS Asahi (DD 119) and ROKS Munmu The Great (DDH 976), the group conducted maritime security operations, which include operations of flight with fixed and rotating-wings, maritime strike exercises and coordinated tactical training between surface and air units, aimed at demonstrating the shared commitment to maintaining the rules-based international order.

Aircraft carrier operations in these waters are part of the U.S. Navy’s routine operations in the Indo-Pacific and its commitment to peace and stability in the region.

“Our commitment to regional security and the defense of our allies and partners is demonstrated by our flexibility and adaptability to move this strike group to where it is needed,” said Rear Admiral Michael Donnelly, Task Force Commander. 70/Carrier Strike Group 5. “We have the inherent capability to respond to any challenge, and we will continue to train and operate alongside our allies and partners and uphold the rules-based international order everywhere where we fly, sail and operate.”

Chancellorsville along with Benfold joins Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) guided missile destroyers JS Chokai (DDG 176) and JS Ashigara (DDG 178) and Republic of Korea Navy guided missile destroyer ROKS Sejong The Great (DDG 991 ) for a trilateral Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) exercise on October 6.

The strike group also recently completed the Maritime Countermeasures Special Operations Exercise (MCSOFEX) with the Republic of Korea, a trilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ( JMSDF) and the ROK Navy, and a bi-lateral fire drill with the Japan Self-Defense Force.

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of ​​operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. US 7th Fleet is the largest forward-deployed numbered fleet in the world and, with the help of 35 other maritime nation allies and partners, the US Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years , providing credible credits and ready armed forces to preserve peace and prevent conflicts.

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