Aircraft Carrier Groups Take Part in Joint US- S. Korean Maritime Drills

Aircraft Carrier Groups Take Part in Joint US- S. Korean Maritime Drills

For the first time in a decade, three U.S. Navy carriers are in the same place at the same time for a series of exercises in the Western Pacific. This is the first time the three supercarriers are sailing together in the same region in almost 10 years, making it clear that the Trump administration is determined to flex its muscles against the Kim Jong-un regime. "Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region".

But Pyongyang has seen any United States military exercises as a threat.

The first such deployment of three USA carriers since 2007 "is making it impossible to predict when nuclear war breaks out due to the United States nuclear war equipment" taking up a "strike posture", he wrote. "The U.S. efforts to expand its military influence in Asia-Pacific and the movement of big neighboring powers to contain it escalate the military tension and increase arms race in the region with each passing day", it said.

Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that "this is what we normally do with allies".

"Nobody knows when and how the "war maniac" Trump will ignite the 'wick of war, '" the officials said, referring to the presence of the carriers near the peninsula.

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Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force held a joint exercise with the US strike groups on November 12.

One of the three carriers reportedly entered the KTO on Saturday, while the two others will arrive on Sunday afternoon after a joint drill with Japan. The MSDF said it is "using every opportunity" to strengthen ties between the two navies, the Japan Times reports.

"We sent three of the largest aircraft carriers in the world (to the Korean Peninsula) and a nuclear submarine is also positioned", the American president warned Pyongyang soon after he landed in South Korea.

"The exercise is aimed at enhancing deterrence against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and showing off preparedness to fend off any provocative acts by the North", a South Korean defence ministry spokesman said.

The ships accompanying the carriers included destroyers and cruisers equipped with the Aegis system as well as Tomahawk cruise missiles. This is the first time that three carrier strike groups have operated together in the Western Pacific since exercises Valiant Shield 2006 and 2007 off the coast of Guam.

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