US, S. Korea begin joint Naval drills

S. Korea to train with three US aircraft carriers

S. Korea to train with three US aircraft carriers

"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 USA 7th Fleet announced on Nov. 8.

US aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt, will sail into the East Sea one by one, starting tomorrow for a four day drill created to frighten the North Korean leader into backing down on his threats.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the maneuvers are aimed at bolstering the South Korea-US alliance's policy of "extended deterrence" against the North's nuclear and missile provocations.

But Moon added, "Under the current situation, President Trump's visit to South Korea and his messages will assure the Korean people, while having an effect of easing the tensions on the Korean Peninsula".

Three U.S. aircraft carriers - USS Nimitz, USS Kitty Hawk, and USS John C. Stennis - steam in formation during a 2007 training exercise in the Western Pacific in this photo released by the 7th Fleet.

The last time such drills were held was during the Valiant Shield exercises in 2006 and 2007, which took place off the coast of the US territory of Guam, which hosts two USA military bases and is on the North Korean radar for a potential missile strike.

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.

Three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and 11 Aegis ships from the U.S. Navy, as well as seven warships - including two Aegis destroyers - will be mobilized in the drills staged in the Korean Theater of Operations (KTO).

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Thursday confirmed to media that this will be the first time that the ROK and the US navies stage joint bilateral drills with the three aircraft carriers in waters off the east coast of the country.

The exercises will be the first time all three carriers have been deployed together since the Valiant Shield exercise which took place near Guam in 2007. U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift described the training as a "rare opportunity".

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