Three-Carrier Show of Force Sails Off Korean Peninsula

Two of US U.S. F  A-18 and Japan Air Self Defense Force's F-15 fly over the USS Ronald Reagan during a joint military exercise

Two of US U.S. F A-18 and Japan Air Self Defense Force's F-15 fly over the USS Ronald Reagan during a joint military exercise

A three-carrier naval force is finishing a multi-day exercise in the Western Pacific, demonstrating the Navy's unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated effort, according to Navy officials.

The USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz, and USS Theodore Roosevelt all took part in the exercise, which was said to have occurred in the Western Pacific Ocean, along with a number of vessels from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force.

While in the water, the strike force intends to conduct air defense exercise, surveillance, refill at sea, coordinated moves, defensive air combat strategies, and much more.

According to a government source, there was also an attempt to have South Korea join the exercise with the rare convergence of three U.S. Navy carriers in the Sea of Japan, but an agreement on timing could not be reached to allow it to participate in a trilateral training exercise.

The official added that exercises closest to Korea involved US and South Korean ships, while those closest to Japan involved USA and Japanese forces.

North Korean military personnel are reportedly preparing for their winter training exercises as three United States aircraft carriers lurk near the Korean Peninsula in an unprecedented show of force by Washington's navy.

Officials point out Navy aircraft carriers more recently have conducted dual-carrier strike group operations in the Western Pacific including in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea. These exercises were conducted when strike force groups were sent to the seventh Fleet region of operations from the west coast of the U.S. are joined with the strike force group from Japan.

The KTO is a theater for military operations near the Korean Peninsula, which is designated by the commander of combined forces of South Korea and the United States.

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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