Three US aircraft carriers set for joint drill near Korea

Three US aircraft carriers set for joint drill near Korea

The exercises, which will run from Saturday through Tuesday, will involve the Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture-based USS Ronald Reagan as well as the USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt strike groups.

The United States and South Korea on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, started joint naval exercises that will involve three USA aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea.

The drills are reportedly the first of their kind since the three carrier strike groups conducted the Valiant Shield exercise off the coast of Guam in 2006 and 2007.

From the South Korean side, two Aegis-equipped destroyers, one destroyer and four frigates will be mobilized for the joint exercises with the USA carriers, according to Yonhap.

It's the first time since 2007 that three U.S. carrier strike groups are operating together in the Western Pacific.

The presence of three aircraft carrier strike groups in the area was also mentioned in President Donald Trump's speech in South Korea, the second leg of his five-nation tour of Asia that drew both supporters and anti-war protesters.

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"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three", US Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift was quoted as saying. Reagan has been operating off the Korean peninsula since last month.

Trump was in Beijing on Wednesday and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a meeting in which he was expected to discuss how to curb Pyongyang's ongoing nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The fleet stopped short of revealing the exact venue for the training.

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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. It is committed to maintain the security commitments for the next 70 years, the report added. He is from Varna, Bulgaria and work have experience in management and development of maritime websites.