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US vy begins patrol in South Chi Sea

Washington, Feb 19: A US vy aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South Chi Sea, an official statement said. The US vy in the statement announced the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 began the routine patrols on Saturday.

The group included a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2.

“Prior to their operations in the South Chi Sea, ships and aircraft from within the strike group conducted training off the islands of Hawaii and Guam to maintain and improve their readiness and develop cohesion as a strike group,” the statement said.

The development comes after Chi’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned the US against challenging Beijing’s sovereignty in the region.

The area where the group is patrolling is a disputed area; Chi has been asserting its rule over the waterway despite territorial claims from a number of other east Asian tions, the Voice of America said.

tions competing with Chi for claims to parts of the South Chi Sea include Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietm. Taiwan also claims part of the area. (IANS)

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