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Chinese Bombers Simulated an Attack on a US Navy Aircraft Carrier in the South China Sea

by SOFREP News Feb 1, 2021
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The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) steams in formation while transiting the Pacific U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony River
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) steams in formation while transiting the Pacific U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony River

Chinese bombers recently simulated an attack on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, the U.S. military said on Friday, confirming earlier reporting from the Financial Times.

As the Navy’s Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group sailed into the South China Sea this past Saturday, the Chinese military sent eight H-6K bombers, four J-16 fighter jets, and one Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft flying past Taiwan and into the contested waterway.

Tracking data indicates that the U.S. carrier strike group entered the South China Sea by way of the Bashi Channel as the Chinese fighters flew through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.

The next day, an unidentified mainland military analyst told China’s state-affiliated Global Times that the Chinese move may have been a training exercise intended to “boost the PLA’s combat capability against U.S. aircraft carriers,” as the bombers could practice launching a saturation attack against the U.S. ships.

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