Aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt steams into the South China Sea

Geoff Ziezulewicz
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt watch the warship John Finn approach for a replenishment-at-sea earlier this month. TR and its strike group entered the South China Sea on Saturday. (MC1 Chris Cavagnaro/Navy)
The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and its strike group entered the South China Sea Saturday [1/23/2021], a month into their second deployment in a year. While a Navy release announcing TR’s move states the carrier is conducting routine operations, very little has been routine in the disputed waters for several years. Beijing and its regional neighbors all have competing claims to various swaths of the busy waterway, and the U.S. Navy regularly sails into the sea to push back on Beijing’s expanding territorial claims and island building, and to reinforce the fact that such waters are international. Continue reading on CVD >>

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