US Aircraft Carriers to Start Joint Exercise in Western Pacific

Trevor Jackson
November 10, 2017

The largest US warship in Asia, the USS Ronald Reagan, will join the USS Nimitz and the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the naval exercise on November 11-14.

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

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 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.

While at sea, the USA strike force will conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training and close-in coordinated maneuvers, among others. Both exercises focused on the ability to rapidly bring together forces from three strike groups in response to any regional situation.

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The last time such drills were held was during the Valiant Shield exercises in 2006 and 2007, which took place off the coast of the USA territory of Guam, which hosts two US military bases, and aimed to develop the ability for the three strike groups to quickly work together should it become necessary.

The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday that it will commence rare three-carrier strike force exercises in the Western Pacific starting this weekend and coinciding with the final leg of President Donald Trump's Asia tour.

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.

Their presence is a formidable show of force against North Korea.

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". This is a very different administration than the USA has had in the past.

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