Three US supercarriers to conduct joint drills in waters off Korean peninsula

Three US supercarriers to conduct joint drills in waters off Korean peninsula

Three US supercarriers to conduct joint drills in waters off Korean peninsula

"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 U.S. 7th Fleet announced on Nov. 8.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea on October 19. "South Korea and the USA are now discussing whether or not the South Korean Navy will take part in the exercises as well", the source said.

Pyongyang detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb in September after months of ballistic missile tests that riled Washington and its allies Japan and South Korea.

They will aim to enhance combined operation and aerial strike capabilities and also display "strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis", Seoul's military said in a statement. They will successively enter the exercise area in global waters east of the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, and at one point around Monday will operate together.

During the joint drill, the two countries will practice air operations, air artillery strikes and aircraft carrier escorts to test their ability to jointly carry out such operations.

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This is the first time that three American aircraft carriers have conducted joint maneuvers in the western Pacific since 2007.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) submitted the text to the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Ways and Means Committee Thursday after President Donald Trump's state visit to Seoul earlier this week.

Yonhap said the three aircraft carriers will enter the KTO one by one as the strike groups sail with a certain distance from each other.

Trump on Tuesday reiterated his goal to achieve what he called "peace through strength", warning the USA could use "the full range of our unmatched military capabilities" against Pyongyang.

President Trump's exchange of threats and insults with Pyongyang has done nothing to curb regional tensions and with South Korea and China suited either side of the hermit state, it is in their interests not to push for military action.

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