Expert: Attempts to spoil South China Sea will fail

Source
China Military Online
Editor
Yao Jianing
Time
2016-07-27

BEIJING, July 27 (ChinaMil) -- The so-called South China Sea arbitration provoked by the Philippines unilaterally has made the South China Sea situation complicated. During this political farce, the U.S. military nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Reagan (USS Ronald Reagan) frequently swaggered into the South China Sea in the name of "maintaining freedom of navigation", making the regional situation even more intense.

The well-known nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is named after Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the U.S. and it is under the Carrier Strike Group 5 of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet.

Since the USS Ronald Reagan is deployed in the U.S. military base in Yokosuka, Japan, the aircraft carrier is obviously an important force for the U.S. intervention in the South China Sea situation and regional military deterrence.

The USS Ronald Reagan is the ninth ship of U.S. Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Its construction began in Newport News Shipbuilding in 1998 and it was launched in 2000. In 2003, the USS Ronald Reagan officially joined the U.S. Navy.

The ship costs as much as $ 4.5 billion and it can carry 85 fighter jets, with a displacement of 97,000 tons. The USS Ronald Reagan was once the latest aircraft carrier of the U.S. military before the USS George H.W. Bush went into service. The USS Ronald Reagan serves as the "pawn" of U.S. global hegemony.

The USS Ronald Reagan is not perfect despite its advanced combat capability. Earlier when it was visiting Brisbane in Australia, a large number of jelly fish floating in the sea were sucked into the air compressor intake of the aircraft carrier, causing severe blockage and sharp decrease of power system performance.

Such unexpected situation stopped the operation of a number of non-combat sectors on the ship in order to maintain the power needed to return.

In addition, media analysis also indicated several weaknesses of U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups.

For example, difficulty in taking cover, weak defense capability in the face of supersonic anti-ship missiles and sea-skimming submarine-launched anti-ship missiles, fragile deck equipment and potential hazards, fast consumption during combat and too much dependency on logistics, lack of effective measures to deal with modernized torpedo, and relatively weak capability against submarine attacks.

The USS Ronald Reagan came to the U.S. military base in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan to replace the aircraft carrier USS George Washington last October.

As the new flagship of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, the USS Ronald Reagan really had a mad show of muscle. It took part in the fleet review between Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the ROK Navy and conducted joint drills with the JMSDF.

In June, the U.S. Navy sent two aircraft carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS John C. Stennis to the Philippine waters with more than 12,000 sailors and 140 fighter jets for joint drills.

The series of military actions show that the U.S. is trying to encourage Japan and the Philippines.

The U.S. is trying to build the global hegemony pattern, and the aircraft carrier battle group symbolizing the supremacy is an important pillar in it.

Since 2010, as part of the U.S. Asia-Pacific "rebalancing" strategy, the U.S. military has deployed advanced weapons and equipment in the Asia-Pacific region and continued to increase military investment.

According to the U.S. aircraft carrier duty rotation system, it is foreseeable that the USS Ronald Reagan is likely to be positioned in the Asia-Pacific region in the next few years.

China will not have the slightest step backward nor weaken its stance in territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, in spite of a wide range of military threats coming from outside.

The Chinese military have unwavering determination to safeguard China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests. Any despicable attempt to encroach China's territorial sovereignty is destined to fail.

(The author is Hong Dapeng from the PLA Nanjing Political College)

 

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