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USS America and USS Gabrielle Giffords Patrolling West Philippine Sea

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), together with littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (L.C. S 10), conducted operations in South China on March 13.

USS America, the U.S. Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, and Gabrielle Giffords, the fifth Independence-class littoral combat ship, joined forces while operating in the area. The two warships concluded command and control and executing tactical maneuvers. This operation is the first time the two ships have worked together.

Recently PLA Navy forces tracked the ship USS McCampbell missile before warning it to leave as they were patrolling near the disputed Island. China accused the United States of a provocative act by sending a warship into disputed territorial waters in the South China Sea.

USS McCampbell missile destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands on Tuesday without China’s authorization. the patrol is disguise under the appearance of freedom of navigation, the U.S. has frequently flexed its muscles, continued provocative and stirred up trouble in the South China Sea, PLA spokesman said.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 13, 2020) Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) sails alongside littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Theodore C. Lee)

According to Rear Adm. Fred Kache, “Integrating Gabrielle Giffords into the America Expeditionary Strike Group for the underway period adds to one of the ESG’s greatest strengths – versatility. “By combining America’s lethality provided by the Navy-Marine Corps Team with the speed and maneuverability of a littoral combat ship, we’re forging new ways to operate together in one of the most important regions in the world, he added.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 13, 2020) Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) sails alongside littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Theodore C. Lee)

USS America, boarded with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), is conducting naval operations in the South China Sea after completing Exercise Cobra Gold in the Kingdom of Thailand, March 7.

USS America is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.