In this file photo, the Ronald Reagan and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups steam in formation in the South China Sea, July 6. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jason Tarleton)

SOUTH CHINA SEA - The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group continued high-end dual-carrier exercises in the South China Sea, July 17.

The CSGs continue to demonstrate operational commitment to allies and partners in the region, providing combatant commanders with significant operational flexibility if needed in response to regional situations.

“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.”

Nimitz and Ronald Reagan CSGs continue to leverage the teamwork of over 12,000 Sailors and Marines to conduct tactical air defense exercises, in order to maintain warfighting readiness and proficiency. The two-carrier strike force trains to the highest levels of readiness to ensure responsiveness to any contingency through power projection.

The presence of two carriers in the South China Sea is not in response to any specific political or world events, but is part of regular integration to exercise and develop tactical interoperability. For more than 75 years, the U.S. Navy has been operating multiple carrier strike force operations in the region.

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group consists of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), 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), and is currently deployed conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

In this file photo, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Princeton (CG 59) transit the Balabac Strait, July 15. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Elliot Schaudt)

In this file photo, Boatswain's Mate Seaman Clarkensy Smith looks on from USS Antietam (CG 54) as USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Mustin (DDG 89) steam in formation during dual carrier operations, July 6. (U.S. Navy/MC3 James Hong)