Navy to carry out rare exercise over Sea of Japan

10 November, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • US aircraft carrier near Korean peninsula

The last time three carrier strike groups operated together in the area was in 2006 and 2007 under the auspices of the Valiant Shield exercises off the coast of Guam.

Since taking office, Trump has vowed to expand the fleet of USA 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.

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

Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in worldwide waters to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.

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

The exercise will involve three of the Navy's 11 carriers, and concentrate more aircraft carriers the combined fleets of China and Russian Federation.

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The last time three United States carrier strike groups exercised together was in 2007, near Guam. Both exercises focused on the ability to rapidly bring together forces from three strike groups in response to any regional situation, the navy said. 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.

Shin Won-sik, former head of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff operational headquarters, said that the U.S. Navy's coordinated operations would "give a taste" of Washington's military options on North Korea, which has often threatened to hit the U.S. mainland with long-range missiles. "It is a hell that no person deserves", the CNN reported.

On his Asia tour, Trump has been shoring up the US' alliance with key American allies in the region such as South Korea and Japan as they jointly ramp up efforts against North Korea to scale down its nuclear and missile programmes.

He said of the North Korean threats to strike the US and its allies, "That would be a fatal miscalculation".

As we approach the 99th anniversary marking the end of the War to End All Wars, it is clear that the U.S.is preparing for World War III. "And do not try us".

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