World War 3: US prepares COMPLEX drills with aircraft carriers amid North Korea threat

Thursday, November 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE US Navy is preparing to conduct a “complex” military exercise in the Western Pacific as relations with North Korea deteriorate.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017

Three aircraft carriers will be utilised together for the first time in a decade during the exercise – which will coincide with the last leg of Donald Trump’s tour in Asia.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz will operate together in a display of military might from the US President.

According to the US Navy, the huge operation will take place over the weekend and into next week, as Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un threaten war with one another.

The navy plans to carry out air defence drills and air combat training, officials said.

US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said: “It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three.

“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.”

The major exercise will be the first time the three carriers have operated together in the Western Pacific since 2006 and 2007, in which they carried out drills off the coast of Guam.

Speaking during his 12-day tour of Asia earlier this week, the US President issued a stern warning to Pyongyang.

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