USA military to launch 3-carrier drill in Pacific

Violet Powell
November 10, 2017

The San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt will join two other nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in a rare strike-force exercise in the Sea of Japan beginning Saturday.

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

The last time three carrier strike groups operated together in the Western Pacific was during exercises Valiant Shield 2006 and 2007, which were off the coast of Guam.

Three aircraft carriers will conduct a rare exercise in the Pacific.

Admiral Scott Swift, US Pacific Fleet commander, said: "This exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the US Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region".

A spokesperson for the South Korean Ministry of Defense told EFE in Seoul that the three USA aircraft carriers will also carry out maneuvers with the South Korean Navy, closer to North Korean territory, in the Sea of Japan - alternatively called the East Sea in the two Koreas.

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The Trump administration is seeking almost $6 billion to pay for urgent missile defense improvements to counter the threat from North Korea, increased US troop levels in Afghanistan and fast repairs to Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific theater.

According to The Associated Press, officials have said recently that the exercise is meant to demonstrate USA resolve with allies Japan and South Korea during the ongoing crisis with North Korea. It comes as the US President continues his Asia tour, reiterating Washington's willingness to use military force against Pyongyang if necessary.

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.

Nuclear-armed North Korea has lashed out at the military muscle-flexing, which it calls a rehearsal for invasion.

The U.S. has sent a number of its so-called strategic assets to the area - including carriers, heavy bombers and high-tech submarines - as part of a concerted push to heap pressure on North Korea to rein in its nuclear and missile programs.

The request would also provide about $1.2 billion for the administration's new Afghanistan and South Asia strategy, which the request says would support the deployment of 3,500 more USA troops to Afghanistan.

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