3 U.S. Aircraft Carriers to Hold Drills off S.Korean Coast

  • By Lee Yong-soo

    November 09, 2017 09:45

    Three unclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups will hold training drills in waters off South Korea starting Friday in a show of force against North Korea.

    The USS Nimitz armada entered the South China Sea last Saturday and is presently sailing past Taiwan. The USS Theodore Roosevelt group has been deployed from its home port of San Francisco to the western Pacific and is heading north from Guam. And the USS Ronald Reagan, affiliated with the 7th U.S. Fleet, which had anchored in Busan following joint naval drills with South Korea between Oct. 16 and 20, is cruising along the East Sea.

    A military source said, "The three armadas will engage in naval drills in waters between South Korea and Japan starting Friday. They will hold various drills, including aircraft takeoff and landing exercises."

    Their presence is a formidable show of force against North Korea.

    Japanese warships are taking part in the initial phase of the joint drills, which are set to take around five to six days, while South Korean ships will join in the latter part. The source said, "The U.S. originally proposed three-way joint drills that include the Japanese Navy as well, but Seoul opposed the plan."

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