Three US Navy Carriers Conduct Joint Exercises

View from US aircraft carrier

Assigned Strike force Units will conduct series of operations in global waters to practice the US Naval force's unique ability to operate different carrier strike groups as a fully coordinated military team. The USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group, including a cruiser and three destroyers, entered the Western Pacific region on October 23, joining the USS Ronald Reagan, Bloomberg said.

According to Defense Ministry officials, the training involved communications between the ships of the two nations as well as sailing in the Sea of Japan under various formations.

"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three", said U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander, Adm. Scott Swift, in a post about the exercise. The exercise involves air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishment at sea, defensive air combat training, and close-in coordinated maneuvers among others.

For the first time in a decade, three U.S. Navy carriers are in the same place at the same time for a series of exercises in the Western Pacific.

These exercises typically happen when an aircraft carrier deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations joins with the carrier based in Japan.

The official added that exercises closest to Korea involved US and South Korean ships, while those closest to Japan involved USA and Japanese forces.

The joint drill comes just days after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed that now is the time to apply "maximum pressure" on North Korea for its continuing military provocations.

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. "The U.S. efforts to expand its military influence in Asia-Pacific and the movement of big neighboring powers to contain it escalate the military tension and increase arms race in the region with each passing day", it said.

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