Nov 12, 2015 · SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific Nov. 7-10. May 11, 2018 · ZAMBALES, Philippines — Earlier this week, the Philippine Marine Corps, along with the American counterparts, conducted an amphibious landing exercise in San Antonio, Zambales as part of the annual Balikatan exercises. Oct 07, 2019 · FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2018, file photo, the U.S. Navy's USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier is anchored in Hong Kong. The U.S. 7th Fleet said Sunday the ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group staged joint, “high-end warfighting exercises” in the South China Sea. May 16, 2016 · In that year, China staged three joint landing exercises that tested its capabilities, marking an increase in the complexity of its amphibious training. In July 2015, China used a Zubr-class (Pomornik) air-cushioned landing craft for the first time in an actual ground-forces landing mode during a South Sea Fleet joint landing exercise. Jul 17, 2019 · Summary. The PLAN amphibious assault fleet is likely to enjoy further expansion between now and the mid 2020s. Key projects to watch include the 075 LHD family, whether the 071 LPD family will be further expanded or not, and whether the PLAA landing ship fleet will be further sustained and recapitalized.