S.Korea, US Kick off Joint Naval Exercise Involving 3 US Carriers
12 November, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Phil Peters
The joint chiefs of staff of South Korea said in a statement in Seoul that its naval vessels will participate in the drills.
The governments should also tell North Korea that should it "instead take a step in the right direction", the U.S., South Korea and the rest of the worldwide community are "ready to present a brighter future".
Trump's rhetoric combined with repeated weapons tests by North Korea have increased tensions to some of the highest levels seen since the Korean War of 1950-1953. They will successively enter the exercise area in worldwide waters east of the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, and at one point around Monday will operate together.
The exercises will also involve 11 U.S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean naval vessels, including two Aegis ships.
In recent months, North Korea has tested intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the USA mainland with further development and has conducted its most powerful nuclear test.
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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.
"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three", U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift said on Tuesday.
The objective of the exercise was to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's ability to "operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force efforts", the navy said, adding that the three carrier strike groups will conduct training including "air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishment at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuver". 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. The last time such a convergence of military power occurred was in 2007 in waters off the United States territory of Guam.
Trump said in a speech at South Korea's parliament Wednesday, "Currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets".
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