Show of force planned by 3 U.S. aircraft carrier groups

Show of force planned by 3 U.S. aircraft carrier groups

Show of force planned by 3 U.S. aircraft carrier groups

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.

While at sea, the USA strike force will conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training and close-in coordinated maneuvers, among others.

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 USA territory of Guam, which hosts two US military bases, and aimed to develop the ability for the three strike groups to quickly work together should it become necessary.

The drills, rare due to the complexity of the ships' action coordination, will last until November 14.

"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. Both exercises focused on the ability to rapidly bring together forces from three strike groups in response to any regional situation, the navy said.

The U.S. Pacific Fleet has a determined and steady presence throughout the region, conducting operations for more than 70 years now.

Trump also noted that the three USA aircraft carriers "are appropriately positioned" near the Korean Peninsula. More recently, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have conducted dual carrier strike group operations in the Western Pacific including in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea.

The strike exercise has come up amidst growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang's nuclear arms and ballistic missile programs.

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 is a hell that no person deserves", the CNN reported.

This massive show of military force is taking place during the US President's 12-day Asia tour amid heightened tensions with North Korea.

"This would be a fatal miscalculation". Kim has called Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard".

"Do not underestimate us".

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