U.S., Japan, Australia Conduct Trilateral Naval Exercises in South China Sea

October 19, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the South China Sea for multinational exercises, Oct. 19. Participants included John S. McCain, JS Kirisame (DD 104) of the JMSDF, and HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) of the RAN. These exercises marked the fifth time in…

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USS John S McCain joins Ronald Reagan CSG

October 15, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) has teamed up with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. McCain brings a range of multi-domain capabilities to U.S. 7th Fleet, including anti-submarine warfare, air defense, ballistic missile defense, long-range strike and gunnery capabilities. The flexibility and responsiveness of McCain, and other…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Returns to South China Sea

October 15, 2020 – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group has returned to the South China Sea for the third time of its 2020 deployment. The carrier strike group includes the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, USS Antietam (CG 54), andtUSS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS John…

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USS John S McCain Trains With JMSDF Escort Flotilla Two

October 13, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Escort Flotilla 2 during integrated operations in the South China Sea beginning Oct. 12. U.S. Naval forces routinely operate alongside regional allies and partners to strengthen our shared commitments to regional stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific. This integration coincides with the 245th…

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While Pillaging South American Fish Stocks, Chine Cries Foul Over US Destroyer

October 9, 2020 – A People’s Liberation Army (PLA) spokesman on Friday said a U.S. destroyer sailed past the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea “without permission”, calling the sailing “dangerous” and “provocative.” The Chinese navy is aware of the U.S. navigation and sent naval and aerial forces to monitor the sailing. Hilariously, China calls international waters as their…

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USS John S McCain Certified for Return to Operations

June 16, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) successfully completed Basic Phase Certification June 2, following months of training and preparation to return the ship and its crew to operational status. McCain entered Basic Phase Training in November, 2019 following the completion of required maintenance. Since that time, the crew has undergone extensive in-port and underway training with…

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