US, South Korea Begin Joint Naval Exercises In The Western Pacific

12 November, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Three US aircraft carriers to conduct drills in Asia amid North Korean crisis

The two nations began the four day naval exercise on Saturday as a reminder to North Korea they are committed 'to the security and stability of the region'.

The three flattops are the USS Ronald Reagan, Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt.

Secondly, the quickening relations between China and South Korea creates a better political environment to deal with the current nuclear crisis with North Korea.

According to the U.S. Navy, it is the first three-carrier exercise in the Western Pacific since 2007.

The upcoming practice is aimed at bolstering the South Korea-U.S. alliance's policy of "extended deterrence" against the North's nuclear and missile provocations, it added.

The exercises will also involve 11 U.S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean naval vessels, including two Aegis ships.

The defense ministry, however, has ruled out the possibility of trilateral military drills with Japan.


The United States and South Korea began joint naval exercises Saturday involving three US aircraft carriers, in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea.

The goal of the exercise was to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's ability to "operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force efforts", the navy said, adding that the three carrier strike groups will conduct training including "air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishment at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuver".

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

The exercise is taking place while U.S. President Donald Trump is on an Asian tour and presenting a united front with regional leaders.

The leaders also agreed to continue their discussions next month when the South Korean president will make a trip to China for their third bilateral summit, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

The leaders of South Korea and China on Saturday reaffirmed their joint efforts to peacefully resolve North Korea's nuclear problem in a summit highlighting the recent normalization of bilateral ties estranged by the deployment of a US missile defense system in South Korea.

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