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10 November 2017, 12:57 | Rufus Hill
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The drills would take place from November 11 to Nov.14.
"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 chief Adm. Scott Swift said in a statement. In recent months, U.S. Navy carriers have conducted dual-carrier strike group exercises in the Western Pacific, including in the contested South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea.
USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Groups transit in formation during a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX) during exercise Valiant Shield 2007.
Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in worldwide waters to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.
While at sea, the strike force plans to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishment at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers and other training.
The Reagan participated in the 2006 exercises, the Nimitz in 2007.
The last time such drills were held was during the Valiant Shield exercises in 2006 and 2007, which took place off the coast of the US territory of Guam, which hosts two USA military bases, and aimed to develop the ability for the three strike groups to quickly work together should it become necessary. The fleet is just as committed to maintaining those security commitments for the next 70 years.
"All relevant sides should exercise restraint, avoid irritating each other, dedicate themselves to lowering the tense situation on the peninsula, and at the same time make positive efforts to get the North Korean nuclear issue back on a track to a resolution via talks as soon as possible", Hua said, reiterating the long-held Chinese position. Speaking in Tokyo on Monday, Trump renewed his warning that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over. "It is a hell that no person deserves", the CNN reported.
The exercise announcement comes as President Donald Trump arrived in China to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile program.
The U.S. 7th Fleet, which announced the exercise yesterday, have said it will demonstrate its resolve with allies Japan and South Korea.
The regime added that Trump's very visit to South Korea was meant to "light the fuse for a nuclear war". "And do not try us".
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