Korea joint exercise in Sea of Japan gets underway

Three US supercarriers to conduct joint drills in waters off Korean peninsula

The deployment of the three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in the region comes amid a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to Asia.

This is the first time that three American aircraft carriers have conducted joint maneuvers in the western Pacific since 2007.

The largest US warship in Asia, the USS Ronald Reagan, will join the USS Nimitz and the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the naval exercise on November 11-14. A decade ago, Valiant Shield (VS) 2006 and 2007 had operated together off the coast of Guam, a US 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.

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.

The three carriers will be likely together in the drills around Monday.

South Korea and the United States started large-scale military manoeuvers on Saturday off the Korean peninsula in which three American aircraft carriers are taking part.

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The Reagan participated in the 2006 exercises, the Nimitz in 2007. 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.

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. It is committed to maintain the security commitments for the next 70 years, the report added.

North Korea's foreign ministry issued a statement via the official Korean Central News Agency on Saturday describing Trump's trip as "a warmonger's visit for confrontation".

Also on Saturday, the US and South Korean navies launched four days of joint drills off the east coast of South Korea.

Trump on Tuesday reiterated his goal to achieve what he called "peace through strength", warning the USA could use "the full range of our unmatched military capabilities" against Pyongyang.

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