US Aircraft Carriers to Hold Drills off S.Korean Coast

Kristopher Drake
November 10, 2017

The Navy will conduct a joint exercise with three aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific for the first time in a decade. "And do not try us", Trump warned North Korea during his Tuesday speech.

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

The three carriers involved are the USS Ronald Reagan, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Nimitz. It comes as the US President continues his Asia tour, reiterating Washington's willingness to use military force against Pyongyang if necessary.

The units that have been assigned the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in global 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.

Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in worldwide waters in order to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.

"It's a message to China to do more to pressure the North", said Shim Beom-chul, a professor of defense and unification issues at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul.

Carrier commanders say the strike groups are kept combat ready at all times, with jet fighters and surveillance planes flying constantly from their flight decks to maintain a protective screen.

The three aircraft carriers are expected to link up in the Sea of Japan later this week off the Korean Peninsula, a US defense official tells Fox News. "It does demonstrate a capability that no other nation in the world can do", Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie Jr said earlier this month.

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".

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, on a trip late last month to South Korea, was at pains to stress that diplomacy was America's preferred course to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. After almost two decades pursuing a failed strategy involving one foreign military intervention after another, the US stands at the precipice of nuclear war. -South Korean alliance, and that diplomacy was most effective "when backed by credible military force".

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