WHAT ARE FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION OPERATIONS?

Every year, the U.S.A Navy carries out Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOP) worldwide to challenge excessive maritime claims. But the FONOPs of Mainland China’s claims in the South China Sea that always draw the most attention.
United States officials have said that the Freedom of navigation operations directed at Mainland China are intended to reinforce international frameworks that Mainland China has sought to erode by pushing into the South China Sea.

US sends Aircraft carriers to South China Sea

AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

The United States of America Navy is a blue water navy (operating globally) that is the world’s largest and most powerful Navy because, among its several other vessels, it has the world’s largest fleet of nuclear powered aircraft carriers by USA.

COMPARISON

India

INS Vikramaditya: 45,400 tons (Kiev-class Aircraft carrier), (ex-Admiral Gorshkov), in service with India since 2013.

U.S CHINA TENSIONS

2 American aircraft carriers were conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, the United States navy said, as Mainland China also carried out military drills.
The USS Nimitz (Nimitz-class aircraft carrier) and USS Ronald Reagan (Nimitz Class) were carrying out operations and exercises in the South China Sea to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region,”

DETAILS

“The purpose of military drills is to show an unambiguous signal to our partners and allies that we are committed to regional security and global stability,” Rear Admiral George M.Wikoff was quoted

CHINA’S STATEMENT

The South China Sea is fully within the grasp of the People’s Liberation Army , and any U.S.A aircraft carrier movement in the region is solely at the pleasure of the People’s Liberation Army, which has a wide preference of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like the DF-21D and DF-26 “aircraft carrier killer” missiles

DF-21D

The Dong-Feng 21
This version is reported to have a similar 1,770+ km range, with a potential extended range of 2,150 km (1,340 mi).

IN 2019

As with previous transits, the U.S Navy destroyer was shadowed by a Chinese Navy ship that sailed at a good distance on its port side. But then the Decatur’s crew had to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision when the China’s vessel came within 45 yards of the ship’s bow.
That incident remains the closest call yet between U.S.A and China’s vessels in the South China Sea – a reminder that normal operations can quickly become international incidents.

WHY IS THIS DANPEROUS

U.S.A is nearing an election year and if a small incident happens in the South China sea then U.S.A will be forced to take action

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