Three-Carrier Show of Force Sails Off Korean Peninsula

Three-Carrier Show of Force Sails Off Korean Peninsula

Three-Carrier Show of Force Sails Off Korean Peninsula

Trump said in a speech at South Korea's parliament Wednesday, "Currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets".

Three U.S. Navy nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carriers-the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz, USS Theodore Roosevelt-kicked off a four-day naval drill in the Western Pacific on November 11.

News about the North's manoeuvres has emerged at a time when three of the US Navy's aircraft carriers - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz - are holding maritime exercises in the region.

According to a government source, there was also an attempt to have South Korea join the exercise with the rare convergence of three U.S. Navy carriers in the Sea of Japan, but an agreement on timing could not be reached to allow it to participate in a trilateral training exercise.

The combined strike force is conducting sea surveillance, UNREPS, air defense drills and air combat training and close-in coordinated maneuvers, among other operations.

A video of the three carriers sailing with its strike groups off the Korean peninsula was posted on YouTube by the U.S. Navy Institute Sunday.

While operating in the Sea of Japan on November 12, the U.S. Navy carriers were joined by a fleet of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) warships that included the JS Ise, a 1 3,950-ton Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer, the JS Makinami, a Takanami-class guided-missile antisubmarine warfare destroyer, and the lead ship of the Murasame-class of general objective destroyers, JS Murasame.

"U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Groups routinely deploy to the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean", according to a Navy statement.

Officials point out Navy aircraft carriers more recently have conducted dual-carrier strike group operations in the Western Pacific including in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea.

However, Pyongyangs state news agency accused the USA and South Korea of attempting to escalate tensions in the region.

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