The convergence of three carrier strike groups in the Indo-Pacific region is unusual because of the limited number of carriers and the fact that they are often cycling through repair schedules, port visits, training or deployments to other parts of the world. This week, however, Navy commanders said they were able to take advantage of the timing, particularly during this period of great power competition with China.
“The ability to be present in a strong way is part of the competition. And as I always tell my guys here, you've got to be present to win when you're competing,” said Rear Adm. Stephen Koehler, director of operations at Indo-Pacific Command. ”I really am pretty fired up that we've got three of them at the moment.”