Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

USA aircraft carriers to conduct joint drill in Pacific

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Saul Franklin | 10 November, 2017, 01:12

Three US aircraft carriers are set to conduct a simultaneous maritime drill in the Pacific in a massive show of force by Washington's navy amid threats emerging from North Korea.

YOKOSUKA/November 8, 2017 (NNS)(STL.News) - The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups will commence a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific, Nov. 11-14. The Reuters report added that a Japanese destroyer, the Inazuma, will join the USA maneuvers. The decision to soon go forward with the exercise in the Western Pacific has not been previously published.

The specific location of the drill remains unclear. The Pentagon and the Navy's Pacific Fleet declined comment on future operations. Multiple American officials have confirmed the planned event to Reuters.

The drills on Saturday will begin during the final leg of Trump's five-nation Asia tour amid mounting tension with North Korea in the wake of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs development. Speaking in Tokyo on Monday, Trump renewed his warning that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over.

During his recent visit to Seoul, Trump said, " North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. Kim has called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard". Ronald Reagan took part in Valiant Shield 2006 and Nimitz took part in Valiant Shield 2007.

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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.

Trump may also board one of the carriers in person to demonstrate the USA firepower and its regional security commitment. The aerial formation consists of aircraft from the carrier strike groups as well as Air Force aircraft.

A defense source said the three carriers will convene at sea relatively close to the Korean Peninsula.

Kim was said to have examined it for a "long time" and warned the United States to cease its reckless actions, unless it wanted the North to follow through.

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