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U.S. to stage drill with three carriers as Trump visits Asia

12 November, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Three US aircraft carriers to conduct drills in Asia amid North Korean crisis

The military drills come as tensions remain sky-high as US President Donald Trump visits the region with the nuclear threat from North Korea dominating discussions.

It's the first time for the U.S.to operate three of its 11 carriers simultaneously in the area since 2007.

The U.S. 7th Fleet which is part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said on its website Thursday that the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt will commence a three-carrier exercise in global waters in the Western Pacific for four days from Saturday.

'Unprecedented show of force' aims to warn North Korea against launching any attack on the U.S. or its allies.

"Multiple carrier strike force operations are very complex, and this exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the U.S. Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region", Swift said.

During the drill, the first of its kind in a decade, the warships will carry out air strike and defense simulations, maritime surveillance, sea supply, coordinated fenced maneuvers and other training, added the Navy.

November 11: United States and South Korea on Saturday started joint naval four-day drills to warn the North Korea. In recent months, U.S. Navy carriers have conducted dual-carrier strike group exercises in the Western Pacific, including in the contested South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea.




The three flattops are the USS Ronald Reagan, Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt.

Defense officials told USNI News that, since all three carriers entered US 7th Fleet in October, there would be likely that at least two of the carriers conducting joint operations.

The exercise will involve three of the Navy's 11 carriers, and concentrate more aircraft carriers the combined fleets of China and Russian Federation.

The South Korean military will join a rare U.S. Navy exercise off the coast of the Korean Peninsula this weekend.

In a commentary Monday, North Korean state-run media said that "that no one can predict when the lunatic old man of the White House, lost to senses, will start a nuclear war against the DPRK".

Still, he warned Pyongyang that its military was no match for the U.S.

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