Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

US Navy to launch rare military exercise

US Navy to launch rare military exercise

The U.S. 7th Fleet, which announced the exercise yesterday, have said it will demonstrate its resolve with allies Japan and South Korea.

Three US aircraft carrier strike groups will hold joint drills in the Western Pacific, the Pentagon has confirmed.

A total of seven South Korean navy vessels, including Aegis-equipped warships, will participate in the drill, the statement said, to accompany 14 USA naval warships. Kim has called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

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It is the first time that three aircraft carriers are conducting drills together in the western Pacific since the Valiant Shield exercises in 2006 and 2007 off the coast of the island of Guam. It comes as the US President continues his Asia tour, reiterating Washington's willingness to use military force against Pyongyang if necessary.

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.

"Beyond the capability to project military power at great range, their ability to project political and psychological power is arguably unmatched, and we are seeing that play out", said Huxley, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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I implore Quad-City Times readers to write their representative and senator, and encourage them to support the No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act. The statement refers to it as the "Western Pacific", the vessels' area of deployment that includes the waters around the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea, the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea. Reagan has been operating off the Korean peninsula since last month. Such a move is widely interpreted as a show of force against North Korea's nuclear threats and China's assertiveness in the South China Sea.

"We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity and our sacred liberty", Trump told members of South Korea's National Assembly.

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