Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US Aircraft Carriers to Hold Drills off S.Korean Coast

US Aircraft Carriers to Hold Drills off S.Korean Coast

The three aircraft carriers are expected to link up in the Sea of Japan later this week off the Korean Peninsula, a US defense official tells Fox News.

Since taking office, Trump has vowed to expand the fleet of US carriers, even as some military strategists and experts believe the massive ships would be increasingly vulnerable to modern Chinese and Russian weapons in any conflict.

The Navy will conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training and other drills over the Sea of Japan, located east of the Korean peninsula, according to a statement.

"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 chief Adm. Scott Swift said in a statement.

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This is the first time three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers of the US Navy will be carrying out naval manoeuvres at the same time since 2007, though sometimes two such giant vessels can be seen in nearby waters. Ronald Reagan participated in VS 2006 while Nimitz took part in VS 2007. A decade ago, Valiant Shield (VS) 2006 and 2007 had operated together off the coast of Guam, a USA island territory in Micronesia, and focused on the ability to bring together forces from all the three strike groups in response to any regional situation.

The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday it will carry out a rare exercise involving three aircraft carriers to send a message to North Korea.

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.

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

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During his recent visit to Seoul, Trump said, " North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned.

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"Do not underestimate us".

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

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