US Navy carrier strike groups led by flagships USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson join Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Ise and a British carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth for group operations in the Philippine Sea in October. Photo: US Indo-Pacific Command
US Navy carrier strike groups led by flagships USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson join Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Ise and a British carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth for group operations in the Philippine Sea in October. Photo: US Indo-Pacific Command

Say it with aircraft carriers: why countries send in the big ships

  • The vessels can send a political message in a time of tension, analyst says
  • But active diplomacy is needed to ensure security for all, he says

US Navy carrier strike groups led by flagships USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson join Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Ise and a British carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth for group operations in the Philippine Sea in October. Photo: US Indo-Pacific Command
US Navy carrier strike groups led by flagships USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson join Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Ise and a British carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth for group operations in the Philippine Sea in October. Photo: US Indo-Pacific Command
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