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3 US aircraft carriers to conduct simultaneous maritime drill in the Pacific in massive show of force

3 US aircraft carriers to conduct simultaneous maritime drill in the Pacific in massive show of force

The three carriers - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - plan to stage "coordinated operations" in global waters from Saturday till next Tuesday, according to the 7th Fleet. A decade ago, Valiant Shield (VS) 2006 and 2007 had operated together off the coast of Guam, a US island territory in Micronesia, and focused on the ability to bring together forces from all the three strike groups in response to any regional situation. The exercise included 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Like those earlier maritime maneuvers, this year's Valiant Shield tests the Navy's ability to rapidly deploy a trio of strike groups to address a regional crisis.

The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday that it will commence rare three-carrier strike force exercises in the Western Pacific starting this weekend and coinciding with the final leg of President Donald Trump's Asia tour.

Such a move is widely interpreted as a show of force against North Korea's nuclear threats and China's aggressiveness in the South China Sea.

Singapore-based military expert Tim Huxley said the presence of the US carriers still sent an unmistakable message, with each one carrying 70-odd aircraft.

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Admiral Scott Swift, US Pacific Fleet commander, said: "This exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the US Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region". Speaking in Tokyo on Monday, Trump renewed his warning that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over. "As long as the United States and its followers continue their hostile acts against us, we will further bolster our nuclear, precious sword of justice", said a dispatch carried by the North Korean daily Rodong Sinmun shortly ahead of Trump's arrival.

He said of the North Korean threats to strike the USA and its allies, "That would be a fatal miscalculation".

Given the close geographical proximity and longstanding diplomatic ties, war with North Korea would nearly inevitably lead to war with China, another nuclear armed state.

Nuclear-armed North Korea has lashed out at the military muscle-flexing, which it calls a rehearsal for invasion.

"A touch-and-go situation is prevailing in the peninsula due to the US and south Korean puppet forces' military provocations", the official Rodong Sinmun wrote.

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