Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

US Navy sends 'powerful message' in rare carrier exercise


The US Pacific Fleet published aerial footage on November 12 that was described as showing part of what the US Navy described as a "rare" maritime exercise involving three aircraft carriers. 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.

President Donald Trump has said "all options are on the table" concerning North Korea. "But our military is keeping a full readiness posture against the possibility of North Korea's provocations", a South Korean official was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.

The first such deployment of three United States carriers since 2007 "is making it impossible to predict when nuclear war breaks out due to the U.S. nuclear war equipment" taking up a "strike posture", he wrote.

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Pyongyang's drills are expected to begin in December and are likely to proceed till April, while the South Korean military keeps a close watch on all the developments in the region.

Mr Ja said the U.S. had reactivated round-the-clock sorties by B-52 strategic bombers and was making frequent flights of B-1B and B-2 bombers in the air space of South Korea, AFP reported.

"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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He added, "This exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the U.S". The Reagan - homeported in Japan - joined the other two carriers, which are based in the Western United States.

The exercise involves three US aircraft carrier groups, making it the largest show of force in a decade.

Although Japan had agreed to a US plan to stage a tripartite exercise with South Korea, it did not materialize because of the schedule of South Korean forces, according to sources in the Japanese government.

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The South Korean Defense Ministry said it sent two destroyers equipped with the Aegis anti-ballistic missile defense system as well as five other warships to the exercises.

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