Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

'Rare opportunity': Pentagon confirms joint drill of 3 aircraft carriers in Pacific

Letter: Just say no to war 3 US Aircraft Carriers to Hold Drills off S.Korean Coast
Lillian Steele | 10 November, 2017, 01:12

And the USS Ronald Reagan, affiliated with the 7th U.S. Fleet, which had anchored in Busan following joint naval drills with South Korea between October 16 and 20, is cruising along the East Sea.

US defense officials noted recently the presence of the three USA carriers in the region was reassuring allies, even though it was long scheduled.

The Roosevelt will join the Bremerton-based USS Nimitz and forward-deployed USS Ronald Reagan in the exercise, which comes as President Trump is traveling in Asia.

Animosity between the United States and the isolated regime could increase further when the first three-aircraft carrier exercise begins on Saturday.

The units that have been assigned the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in worldwide waters to demonstrate the United States Navy's unique potential to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort, according to the official website of the Commander, U.S. 7 Fleet.

The Navy will conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training and other drills over the Sea of Japan, located east of the Korean peninsula, according to a statement.

The Navy noted that for more than 70 years, the U.S. Pacific Fleet has been a persistent and stabilizing presence conducting operations throughout the region. Both exercises focused on the ability to rapidly bring together forces from three strike groups in response to any regional situation.

The Navy will conduct a joint exercise with three aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific for the first time in a decade.

The U.S. has sent a number of its so-called strategic assets to the area - including carriers, heavy bombers and high-tech submarines - as part of a concerted push to heap pressure on North Korea to rein in its nuclear and missile programs.

This massive show of military force is taking place during the US President's 12-day Asia tour amid heightened tensions with North Korea. Kim has called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

North Korea has repeatedly complained about American naval exercises in the region, but it has sparked global condemnation with repeated tests of missiles and nuclear weapons.

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