Several US ships cruised in the Taiwan area on Tuesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in the island that Beijing considers one of its provinces, US military sources say .
While China announced that its military would launch “targeted military actions” in response to the visit, the US 7th Fleet tweeted on Tuesday that the carrier -planes USS Ronald Reagan, which has been cruising in the region since the beginning of July, was in the Philippine Sea, south of Taiwan.
It is accompanied by the destroyer USS Higgins, which is part of its airborne group, said a US Navy official who requested anonymity.
The Higgins is a multirole vessel equipped with the Aegis combat system , which includes anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles.
The US Navy also released images of the Ronald Reagan performing maneuvers with the supply ship USS Carl Brashear on Sunday.
The aircraft carrier and its airborne group “are on a routine mission in the western Pacific,” said a US official who requested anonymity.
In addition, a Marine Corps amphibious ship , the USS Tripoli, was sailing east of Taiwan at the same time, said the US Navy official, confirming information from the United States Naval Institute (USNI), an independent body, but close to the 'US Navy.
The Ronald Reagan and the Tripoli are both carriers of the latest generation F-35 fighter jets, according to the USNI.
The Pentagon assured that the presence of these two vessels in the area was unrelated to the visit of Ms. Pelosi, the highest US official to visit the island since her predecessor Newt Gingrich in 1997.
“We take obviously all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of the elected members of the Congress, whatever the place where they choose to go and the date “of their trip, indicated spokesman for the US Department of Defense on Tuesday.
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