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    US Navy to Run Rare 3-Carrier Military Exercise in Pacific

    US Navy to Run Rare 3-Carrier Military Exercise in Pacific

    9 Nov 2017

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Navy said Wednesday it will launch a rare military exercise involving three aircraft carrier strike groups in the western Pacific starting this weekend, coinciding with the final stops of President Donald Trump's Asia tour.

    The maneuvers are to begin Saturday and end Tuesday. It will be the Navy's first three-carrier exercise in the western Pacific since 2007.


    The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) conducts flight operations of the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy)

    The U.S. 7th Fleet, which announced the exercise, did not say where in the western Pacific the exercise will be conducted, but officials have said recently that it is intended to demonstrate U.S. resolve with allies Japan and South Korea during the ongoing crisis with North Korea.

    "Multiple carrier strike force operations are very complex, and this exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the U.S. Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region," the Pacific Fleet commander, Adm. Scott Swift, said.

    The announcement made no mention of the exercise coinciding with Trump's Asia trip, but the maneuvers are connected with a string of U.S. moves to showcase U.S. military strength as Washington and its allies put diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons program and cease the testing of ballistic missiles.

    U.S. strategic bombers have recently flown off the coast of Korea, and Trump mentioned this week in South Korea that U.S. submarines operate in that area.

    Trump began his trip in Japan and currently is in China. He also is scheduled to visit Vietnam and the Philippines.

    The carriers involved are the USS Ronald Reagan, based in Japan; the USS Theodore Roosevelt, based in San Diego; and the USS Nimitz, based at Naval Base Kitsap at Bremerton, Washington.

    Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters in Hawaii in late October, before the dates of the exercise had been made public, that the three carriers were not targeting North Korea. He called their convergence in the area a "routine demonstration of our commitment to the region."

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    Re: US Navy to Run Rare 3-Carrier Military Exercise in Pacific

    Quote Originally Posted by Harley View Post
    but the maneuvers are connected with a string of U.S. moves to showcase U.S. military strength
    Yup...and moreso for China than NK...It's quite unsettling whats going on in the western pacific. The most lucrative shipping routes globally and massive amounts of resources. China has and still is building Island strongholds. Reinventing the 'silk road' transport routes via building ports in several Asian countries including India.

    NK is full of wealth, too. Rare Earth minerals, oil and gas reserves...China have had their eyes on this for years as has the US. More going on than a few feeble missile tests from NK that's dominating the region and MSM.
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