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Seoul, Washington start manoeuvers with U.S. aircraft carriers

12 November, 2017, 02:15 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Three US aircraft carriers to conduct drills in Asia amid North Korean crisis

The three carriers will be likely together in the drills around Monday, according to a South Korean military official, who didn't want to be named, citing office rules.

The joint chiefs of staff of South Korea said in a statement in Seoul that its naval vessels will participate in the drills.

In addition to the USS Ronald Reagan, the USS Nimitz and the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S. Navy also will mobilize 11 Aegis ships.

During the joint drill, the two countries will practice air operation and artillery strikes, as well as aircraft carrier escorts to test their ability to jointly carry out operations.

The drill is an effort to show North Korea the country's military strength and capability to respond as the nuclear threat continues to loom in Pyongyang, reported the news outlet.

Pyongyang detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb in September after months of ballistic missile tests that riled Washington and its allies Japan and South Korea.

An unnamed official with the South Korean military was quoted as saying three USA aircraft carriers will stage joint drills with the South Korean military from Saturday to Tuesday in the Korea theater of operations (KTO) off the country's east coast.

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

The carriers, already operating in the Western Pacific, will sail one by one into the waters east of Korea for the event, it added. The 7th Fleet said that the previous joint exercises involving three carrier strike groups had taken place off the coast of Guam in 2006 and 2007.

APEC brings together 21 economies from the Pacific region.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) submitted the text to the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Ways and Means Committee Thursday after President Donald Trump's state visit to Seoul earlier this week.

In his speech before South Korea's National Assembly Wednesday, Trump told North Korea: "Do not underestimate us, and do not try us". The last time such a convergence of military power occurred was in 2007 in waters off the U.S. territory of Guam.

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