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Japan’s Largest Warship Trains With US Naval Strike Group In Disputed South China Sea.

Japan’s newest helicopter carrier, Kaga, has trained with the USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group, showcasing its military might during a tour in the contested South China Sea, amid tensions between Beijing and US-backed Tokyo.

The two navies practiced sailing in formation and joint maneuvering on Friday.

The ships also trained in replenishment-at-sea procedures.

The drill demonstrated how “seamlessly” the allied fleets can operate, explained US Rear Admiral Karl Thomas.

Threats, conditions & loopholes: $716bn NDAA takes on Turkey, China and India cooperation with partnering navies, while “contributing to peace and stability” in the region, its commander Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda said, as cited by Philippine media.

In recent years, the South China Sea had seen increased tensions between the Chinese and US navies, with both nations accusing each other of military build-up near the disputed Spratly and Paracel Islands.

Earlier this year, Washington ‘disinvited’ China from the joint maritime exercise and sent bombers to fly over the Spratlys, while Beijing redeployed missile systems on the China-controlled Paracel Islands.

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