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Three-Carrier Show of Force Sails Off Korean Peninsula (Video)

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Three U.S. aircraft carriers participate in naval exercises with South Korea. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

By    |   Monday, 13 November 2017 07:30 AM

A three-carrier show of force – the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt, and USS Nimitz – was displayed by the U.S. Navy in the western Pacific Ocean over the weekend while performing exercises with South Korea and Japanese ships.

It was the first time three U.S. aircraft carriers have sailed together in a decade, CNN reported.

The carriers conducted drills on either side of the waters separating the Korean Peninsula and Japan, a South Korean defense ministry official told CNN. The official added that exercises closest to Korea involved U.S. and South Korean ships, while those closest to Japan involved U.S. and Japanese forces.

"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," Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in a statement, per CNN.

A video of the three carriers sailing with its strike groups off the Korean peninsula was posted on YouTube by the U.S. Navy Institute Sunday.

Bloomberg reported in October that the USS Nimitz and its strike group had roamed the Indian Ocean before moving into the Pacific after operating in the Middle East. The USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group, including a cruiser and three destroyers, entered the Western Pacific region on Oct. 23, joining the USS Ronald Reagan, Bloomberg said.

"U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Groups routinely deploy to the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean," according to a Navy statement. "These deployments are part of a previously planned deployment cycle and it is not uncommon for incoming and outgoing carrier strike group transit timing to overlap as one begins a deployment the other concludes."

Bloomberg said the Navy announced Oct. 13 that the USS Michigan, one the Navy's four specialized submarines which can carry as many as 66 Navy SEAL commandos and 154 Tomahawks, had arrived in Busan, South Korea.

North Korean state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Saturday that the presence of U.S. aircraft carriers was part of the United States' "sinister intention to maintain military hegemony in the region," CNN reported.

Pyongyang charged that America and its allies are trying to "escalate the military tension and increase arms race in the region with each passing day," CNN wrote.

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A three-carrier show of force – the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt, and USS Nimitz – was displayed by the U.S. Navy in the western Pacific Ocean over the weekend while performing exercises with South Korea and Japanese ships.
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