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

by Antonio Miles November 10, 2017, 1:01
U.S. to stage drill with three carriers as Trump visits Asia

In what is bound to be seen as a direct provocation by North Korea, the US Navy's USS Nimitz, the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Theodore Roosevelt will be leading their respective strike groups in the training missions in the Western Pacific.

For more than 70 years, the U.S. Pacific Fleet has been a persistent and stabilizing presence conducting operations throughout the region. A decade ago, Valiant Shield (VS) 2006 and 2007 had operated together off the coast of Guam, a USA island territory in Micronesia, and focused on the ability to bring together forces from all the three strike groups in response to any regional situation.

Three aircraft carriers will conduct a rare exercise in the Pacific.

"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three", said U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander, Adm. Scott Swift.

This will be the first time in 10 years the Navy has carried out this type of exercise in the western Pacific.

Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in worldwide waters to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.

Three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups now converged near South Korea will kick off a rare four-day exercise in the Western Pacific on Saturday as U.S. President Donald Trump tours Asia.

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White House officials say the president intends to press China, North Korea's closest ally and top trading partner, to push the North to abandon its nuclear program.

"We're going to be increasing our budget by many billions of dollars because of North Korea and other reasons having to do with the anti-missile [aspect]", Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

Trump though tried to avoid his earlier threats to North Korea, was clear in his vows to counter aggravations with military force, according to the CNN.

This massive show of military force is taking place during the US President's 12-day Asia tour amid heightened tensions with North Korea.

A spokesperson for the South Korean Ministry of Defense told EFE in Seoul that the three United States aircraft carriers will also carry out maneuvers with the South Korean Navy, closer to North Korean territory, in the Sea of Japan - alternatively called the East Sea in the two Koreas.

China is one of North Korea's only allies. This is a very different administration than the USA has had in the past.


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