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Three US supercarriers to conduct joint drills in waters off Korean peninsula

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Sammy Stanley | 11 November, 2017, 07:24

"Do not try us", Trump said in an address to South Korea's parliament. From the end of May to the beginning of June, the US Navy sent two aircraft carriers - the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Carl Vinson - to the waters around the Korean Peninsula to conduct joint exercises.

Also to be mobilized are 11 U.S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean warships, including two Aegis vessels.

South Korea's military announced Friday it will kick off a rare combined exercise with three USA aircraft carriers near the peninsula this weekend aimed at demonstrating the allies' firm defense posture against North Korean threats.

The military also said another objective of the drills was to "show off the determination for strong retaliation and the firm military readiness", and the ROK and US militaries' ability to "repulse any kind of provocations by North Korea with overwhelming military power in case of contingency".

It's the first time in a decade that three US aircraft carriers have converged in the western Pacific.

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The U.S. 7th Fleet announced the tri-carrier exercise on Wednesday, but without mentioning participation by other nations. U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift described the training as a "rare opportunity".

The exercise will involve training in maneuvers, antiaircraft defense, maritime surveillance, maritime replenishment of supplies and landing and takeoff on the carriers.

The last tri-carrier drills took place in 2007 off the coast of Guam. "Multiple carrier strike force operations are very complex, and 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".

President Moon Jae-in suggested in a TV interview aired Thursday that his US counterpart Donald Trump's belligerent talk about North Korea and Seoul's more cautious approach constitutes a kind of "role sharing" between the allies.

Earlier this week, the Donald warned North Korea against testing America.

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