ACIBC Fact Sheet: Diplomacy

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 2014) USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) prepares to lead a close formation of ships and submarines from international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. (Photo source: U.S. Navy)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 2014) USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) prepares to lead a close formation of ships and submarines from international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. (Photo source: U.S. Navy)

  • The U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers are a cornerstone of America’s ability to project its power and strength.
  • In March 2008, when Taiwan held important presidential elections to define the future of that country's relationship with China, both the USS Kitty Hawk and USS Nimitz were stationed nearby to help ensure a smooth transition of events and deliver a message of U.S. interest in the outcome.
  • Aircraft carriers enable America to reduce its dependency on other nations while it pursues its national security interests.
  • They enable U.S. forces to carry out operations from international waters, avoiding the complications of securing fly-over rights and land-base rights from other nations.
  • The United States Navy has the world’s largest carrier fleet, with ten in service and two under construction. Due to its size, the fleet can rapidly transport large, powerful forces to any region in the globe, and engage in several missions simultaneously.

 

 

 

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