United States to stage drill with three carriers as Trump visits Asia

Randolph Lopez
November 10, 2017

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.

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

Since taking office, Trump has vowed to expand the fleet of USA carriers, even as some military strategists and experts believe the massive ships would be increasingly vulnerable to modern Chinese and Russian weapons in any conflict.

"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.

The last time a three-carrier group took part in exercises like this was in 2006 and 2007 during drills off the coast of Guam. A decade ago, Valiant Shield (VS) 2006 and 2007 had operated together off the coast of Guam, a US 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 unclear-powered US aircraft carrier strike groups will hold training drills in waters off South Korea starting Friday in a show of force against North Korea.

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The U.S. Pacific Fleet has a determined and steady presence throughout the region, conducting operations for more than 70 years now. "And do not try us", Trump warned North Korea during his Tuesday speech.

Such a move is widely interpreted as a show of force against North Korea's nuclear threats and China's aggressiveness in the South China Sea.

"All relevant sides should exercise restraint, avoid irritating each other, dedicate themselves to lowering the tense situation on the peninsula, and at the same time make positive efforts to get the North Korean nuclear issue back on a track to a resolution via talks", Ms Hua said, reiterating China's long-held position.

The regime added that Trump's very visit to South Korea was meant to "light the fuse for a nuclear war".

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".

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