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Three US aircraft carriers set for joint drill near Korea

Three US aircraft carriers set for joint drill near Korea

The USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt strike groups will conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea and other training in global waters November 11-14, the Navy said Wednesday.

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 U.S. carrier strike groups exercised together was in 2007, near Guam. The exercise included 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Three U.S. military aircraft carriers are heading to the same part of the world at the same time, to take part in a rare military exercise not seen in a decade.

"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three", said Adm. Scott Swift, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander.

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

Like those earlier maritime maneuvers, this year's Valiant Shield tests the Navy's ability to rapidly deploy a trio of strike groups to address a regional crisis.

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President Trump stood on the floor of the Unite Nations General Assembly several weeks ago and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, repeatedly insinuating the only way to deal with North Korea is through military force.

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.

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.

Such a move is widely interpreted as a show of force against North Korea's nuclear threats and China's aggressiveness in the South China Sea.

North Korea has repeatedly complained about American naval exercises in the region, but it has sparked global condemnation with repeated tests of missiles and nuclear weapons.

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