'Rare opportunity': Pentagon confirms joint drill of 3 aircraft carriers in Pacific

3 US aircraft carriers to conduct simultaneous maritime drill in the Pacific in massive show of force

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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 worldwide waters November 11-14, the Navy said Wednesday.

US defense officials noted recently the presence of the three USA carriers in the region was reassuring allies, even though it was long scheduled.

The units that have been assigned the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in global waters to demonstrate the United States Navy's unique potential to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort, according to the official website of the Commander, U.S. 7 Fleet. Both exercises focused on the ability to rapidly bring together forces from three strike groups in response to any regional situation.

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The last time a three-carrier group took part in exercises like this was in 2006 and 2007 during drills off the coast of Guam.

Three U.S. aircraft carriers will conduct a joint exercise in the Western Pacific this week, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday, as President Donald Trump tours the region.

Trump though tried to avoid his earlier threats to North Korea, was clear in his vows to counter aggravations with military force, according to the CNN. In recent months, U.S. Navy carriers have conducted dual-carrier strike group exercises in the Western Pacific, including in the contested South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea.

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Shin Won-sik, former head of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff operational headquarters, said that the U.S. Navy's coordinated operations would "give a taste" of Washington's military options on North Korea, which has often threatened to hit the U.S. mainland with long-range missiles.

The regime added that Trump's very visit to South Korea was meant to "light the fuse for a nuclear war".

The CIA has said North Korea could be only months away from developing the ability to hit the United States with nuclear weapons, a scenario Trump has vowed to prevent.

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Given the close geographical proximity and longstanding diplomatic ties, war with North Korea would nearly inevitably lead to war with China, another nuclear armed state.

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