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The US submarine force said the missions were mounted in support of the Pentagon’s “free and open Indo- Pacific” policy.
The exercise is aimed at countering China’s operations in the South China Sea.
Reports indicate that at least 7 submarines — including all 4 Guam- based attack submarines, the San Diego-based USS Alexandria and multiple Hawaii-based vessels were part of this.
Rear Admiral Blake Converse, Pacific sub force commander who is based at Pearl Harbor, said: “Our operations are a demonstration of our willingness to defend our interests and freedoms under international law.”
Viewers may note that the US Navy has maintained a flotilla of warships in the Western Pacific as a show of force in the region amid raging tensions with China in the South China Sea.
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper put the situation in context,
“Many countries have turned inward to recover from the pandemic, and in the meantime, our strategic competitors are attempting to exploit this crisis to their benefit at the expense of others.”
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