US Aircraft Carriers to Start Joint Exercise in Western Pacific

Posted November 10, 2017

The USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt strike groups will conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea and other training in global waters November 11-14, the Navy said Wednesday.

These opportunities typically come about when the strikes groups deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations from the West Coast of the U.S. are coupled with the forward deployed carrier strike group from Japan, said the report on the official website of the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. Both exercises focused on the ability to rapidly bring together forces from three strike groups in response to any regional situation.

For more than 70 years, the U.S. Pacific Fleet has been a persistent and stabilizing presence conducting operations throughout the region.

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The Navy will conduct a joint exercise with three aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific for the first time in a decade.

On his Asia tour, Trump has been shoring up the US' alliance with key American allies in the region such as South Korea and Japan as they jointly ramp up efforts against North Korea to scale down its nuclear and missile programmes.

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.

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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.

According to The Associated Press, officials have said recently that the exercise is meant to demonstrate US resolve with allies Japan and South Korea during the ongoing crisis with North Korea.

As we approach the 99th anniversary marking the end of the War to End All Wars, it is clear that the U.S.is preparing for World War III.

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North Korea has repeatedly complained about American naval exercises in the region, but it has sparked worldwide condemnation with repeated tests of missiles and nuclear weapons.