The US military has officially confirmed that its three aircraft carrier strike groups will hold joint drills in the Western Pacific for the first time in a decade.
According to the US NAvy, the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt strike groups will conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea and other training in a period between November 11 and November 14.
“Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in international waters in order to demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort,” the US Navy’s statement says besides general claims about “security” and “stability” in the region.
The previous time when three carrier strike groups operated together was during exercises Valiant Shield 2006 and 2007, which were off the coast of Guam.
The exercise will take place amid as the US President continues his 11-day Asia tour. During the tour, Donald Trump aims to show that his administartion has an idea how to deal with North Korea and its nuclear and missile programs. Unfortunately for Trump, many experts and observers believe that Washington has little to do over the issue if it does not implement “military means” on Pyongyang. Such a complicated situation contributes to the growing instability in the region.