Aircraft Carrier Groups Take Part in Joint US- S. Korean Maritime Drills

15 November, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Kim Reid

The South Korean Navy will hold a joint naval exercise with the United States involving three USA aircraft carriers off the eastern coast on Sunday.

It is the first time three of the 100,000-ton behemoths have sailed together in the Western Pacific together in a decade. "Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region".

The exercise involves three USA aircraft carrier groups, making it the largest show of force in a decade.

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South Korean military said it was keeping a close watch on North Korea's military activities while "maintaining military readiness for any possible provocations by North North Korea".

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been sharply escalating in recent months with both sides indicating that they will not hesitate to engage in military action.

"The objective of the drill in global waters is to showcase the U.S. Navy's "unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinate strike force effort", the service said in a statement". "The U.S. efforts to expand its military influence in Asia-Pacific and the movement of big neighboring powers to contain it escalate the military tension and increase arms race in the region with each passing day", it said.

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The exercises, which also have involved US B-1 bombers, are creating "the worst ever situation prevailing in and around the Korean Peninsula", North Korea's UN Ambassador Ja Song Nam said in a letter to the secretary-general on Monday. "Nobody knows when and how the "war maniac" Trump will ignite the "wick of war, '" officials told CNN's Will Ripley".

Seven South Korean navy vessels will take part in the exercises, including two Aegis ships. The Reagan - homeported in Japan - joined the other two carriers, which are based in the Western United States.

"The exercise is aimed at enhancing deterrence against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and showing off preparedness to fend off any provocative acts by the North", a South Korean defence ministry spokesman said.

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