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AustraliaMorrison visits US aircraft carrier as Chinese ship watches war games

14:30  12 july  2019
14:30  12 july  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

Chinese spy ship reportedly arrives off Queensland coast to monitor war games with the United States

Chinese spy ship reportedly arrives off Queensland coast to monitor war games with the United States Somewhere in picturesque Far North Queensland, an unusual-looking visitor sails into Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone to monitor Talisman Sabre.

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Morrison visits US aircraft carrier as Chinese ship watches war games© AAP Image/Darren England Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen on the flight deck as a EA-18G Growler lands on the USS Ronald Reagan, off the coast of Queensland.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made a historic visit to the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, in a show of friendship with the United States, as China sends a warship to the vicinity of joint military exercises off the Australian coast.

Morrison visits US aircraft carrier as Chinese ship watches war games© AAP Image/Darren England Mr Morrison (centre) addressed the full crew of the USS Ronald Reagan.

Mr Morrison made the flying visit on Friday, arriving on the vessel as it was participating in Operation Talisman Sabre, a biennial training exercise involving the US and Australian militaries.

Chinese spy ship heading towards Australia to monitor joint war games off Queensland

Chinese spy ship heading towards Australia to monitor joint war games off Queensland The Australian Defence Force is closely tracking a high-tech Chinese spy ship as it makes its way towards Australia ahead of this month's Talisman Sabre war games on the Queensland coast, with the vessel expected to closely monitor the joint exercises outside Australian waters.

A Chinese spy ship is currently monitoring intensive war - games being fought on Queensland’s Publishing close-up pictures of the ship — and even inviting the ship for a diplomatic port visit They also regularly follow US aircraft carrier battle groups as they move through the Indian and Pacific

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Morrison visits US aircraft carrier as Chinese ship watches war games© US Navy The aircraft carrier could stay at sea without refuelling for 20 years - and wage war on most countries single-handedly.

In a rare move for an Australian leader, Mr Morrison addressed the full crew of the Reagan, praising the special friendship between the two countries.

“Yes, we are in awe of the strength and power of the United States which this ship so ably represents, but at the heart of our friendship are the values and beliefs that knit our two countries together,” Mr Morrison said.

“Ships will come, ships will go, politicians will come and go, but our values will endure. They always do.”

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China ’s first aircraft carrier , the Liaoning, at sea in April. First launched by the Soviet Union in 1988, it was sold for million to a Chinese investor He described China as a “peer competitor” gaining on the United States not by matching its forces weapon by weapon but by building critical “asymmetrical

“Australia and the United States see the world through the same eyes.”

The visit comes as the Australian military tracks a Chinese vessel which has travelled to just outside Australia’s territorial waters in the Coral Sea.

It’s speculated the high-tech vessel is there to observe Talisman Sabre, in a similar move to 2017, when China also sent ships to observe operations.

“We know where they are. We’re keeping an eye on them,” said Rear Admiral Karl Thomas, Commander of the Japan-based Combined Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group 5, which is participating in the training.

Morrison visits US aircraft carrier as Chinese ship watches war games© AAP Image/Darren England “Australia and the United States see the world through the same eyes,” the Prime Minister told the crew.

“We ensure they won’t interfere in the exercise, we’re very good at operating around them.”

Rear Admiral Thomas also praised the US-Australia relationship, saying the operation allowed both countries' armed forces to work closely together.

Chinese spy ship staying just outside Australia's territorial waters ahead of Talisman Sabre war games

Chinese spy ship staying just outside Australia's territorial waters ahead of Talisman Sabre war games A Chinese spy ship that is being closely tracked by the Australian Defence Force arrives off the coast of Queensland to monitor the Exercise Talisman Sabre war games.

China reportedly “sunk” a mock US aircraft carrier with a state of the art missile during a war game Military analysts believed the craters would have been created by China ’s DF-21D anti- ship missile However, the fact that China is targeting a mock US aircraft carrier as the main focus of one of its

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. Read in another language. Watch this page. Edit. Liaoning (16; Chinese : 辽宁舰; pinyin: Liáoníng Jiàn) is a Chinese Type 001 aircraft carrier . The first aircraft carrier commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force

“Being the only forward-deployed fleet, the Reagan is based in Japan, that allows us to be where it matters, when it matters, quickly,” he said.

“It’s a long way to Australia, it shows the commitment we have as a country to our alliance and committing forces to this exercise.”

Opposition Defence spokesman Richard Marles also travelled to the Reagan with the Prime Minister, and said it was important for the exercise to continue.

“The Chinese are exercising their rights in international waters, it’s not going to faze the way the Australian Defence Force and US forces go about their business,” Mr Marles said.

Peace through strength

US President Ronald Reagan famously had the motto “peace through strength” and the vessel that bears his name has also adopted his motto. And it’s not hard to see why.

Mr Morrison was given a tour of the flight deck of the $4.5 billion aircraft carrier, seeing firsthand a number of its more than 70 fighter jets, including F/A-18 Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers, taking off and landing.

About 5000 crew were aboard, including the flight crews and the ship’s crew.

The enormous nuclear-powered vessel can stay at sea for 20 years without refuelling, and Rear Admiral Thomas confirmed that if it came to it, the Reagan could single-handedly wage war with most countries on Earth.

However, he hoped it wouldn’t come to that.

“The motto of this ship is ‘peace through strength’, a saying Ronald Reagan held dear, and I think that’s something this ship represents,” he said.

“If you’re strong it helps us to maintain peace in this important region.

“Having a carrier present sends a message.”

About 25,000 military personnel from Australia and the US are taking part in Talisman Sabre, which is due to run for the next few weeks.

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