S Korea launch major war drills as N Korea looks on
- Author: Ryan Wade Nov 12, 2017,
Nov 12, 2017, 1:50
This massive show of military force is taking place during the US President's 12-day Asia tour amid heightened tensions with North Korea.
The exercises come after the US and South Korea in their recent annual meeting on defensive policy agreed to expand the rotational deployment of strategic American military assets such as aircraft carriers, submarines and bombers to the peninsula.
YOKOSUKA - The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups will commence a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific, Nov 11-14. He added, "Multiple carrier strike force operations are very complex, and this exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the U.S. Pacific's ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region".
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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".
November 11: United States and South Korea on Saturday started joint naval four-day drills to warn the North Korea. Ronald Reagan took part in VS 2006 and Nimitz took part in VS 2007.
"While at sea, the strike force plans to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers, and other training", the 7th Fleet said.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Thursday confirmed to media that this will be the first time that the ROK and the USA navies stage joint bilateral drills with the three aircraft carriers in waters off the east coast of the country.
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The strike exercise has come up amidst growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang's nuclear arms and ballistic missile programs.
South Korea's military announced its participation on Friday.
During his recent visit to Seoul, Trump said, " North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned.
In a commentary Monday, North Korean state-run media said that "that no one can predict when the lunatic old man of the White House, lost to senses, will start a nuclear war against the DPRK".
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