United States military to launch 3-carrier drill in Pacific

Katrina Barker
November 10, 2017

While at sea, the strike force plans to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishment at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers and other training.

"Multiple carrier strike force operations are very complex", said U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift, "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".

Three U.S. aircraft carriers will conduct a joint exercise in the Western Pacific this week, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday, as President Donald Trump tours the region.

This is the first time three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers of the US Navy will be carrying out naval manoeuvres at the same time since 2007, though sometimes two such giant vessels can be seen in nearby waters.

The nuclear powered USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt will conduct the drills to show the US Navy's unique capability to operate multi-carrier strike groups, according to the Seventh Fleet in a statement released from its headquarters on the Japanese base of Yokosuka.

The three aircraft carriers are expected to link up in the Sea of Japan later this week off the Korean Peninsula, a US defense official tells Fox News.

Trump launched a stinging attack on North Korea leader Kim Jong-un during the trip, branding him a "deranged tyrant", whose country is a "hell that no person deserves".

The statement did not rule out North Korea, who previously threatened to fire ballistic missiles off Guam, an American island in the Western Pacific, which hosts strategic US military bases.

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.

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".

Shim added that Trump's way of pursuing foreign policy objectives through the support of naval power is a type of "gunboat diplomacy".

Such a move is widely interpreted as a show of force against North Korea's nuclear threats and China's assertiveness in the South China Sea. Kim has called Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard".

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