Three-Carrier Strike Force Conducts Exercise in Western Pacific
15 November, 2017, 01:56 | Author: Diane Mills
The USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt are putting on a rare display of sea and air power as President Donald Trump conducts a diplomatic tour of Asian countries.
US military aircraft practice touch-and-go maneuvers on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier during an exercise in the Sea of Japan on November 13.
The U.S. 7th Fleet, a part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said on its website Thursday that the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt will commence three-carrier exercises in global waters in the Western Pacific over four days beginning Saturday. Three aircraft carrier strike groups have last operated together in the Western Pacific during exercise Valiant Shield off the coast of Guam in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
He added, "This exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the U.S".
"The goal of the drill in worldwide waters is to showcase the U.S. Navy's "unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinate strike force effort", the service said in a statement".
These exercises typically happen when an aircraft carrier deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations joins with the carrier based in Japan.
"The JMSDF is always using every opportunity to strengthen the JMSDF-USN alliance, and joining an exercise like this is a natural event to stabilize regional security", a statement from the Maritime Self-Defense Force said. "But our military is keeping a full readiness posture against the possibility of North Korea's provocations", a South Korean official was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.
"The United States Navy is the only force in the world able to carry out such an exercise", a Navy official told DoD News.
South Korean vessels joined exercises with the US warships on Sunday, according to US Navy photos.
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