USA aircraft carriers, South Korean destroyers conduct joint naval excercise

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"U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Groups routinely deploy to the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean", according to a Navy statement.

According to Defense Ministry officials, the training involved communications between the ships of the two nations as well as sailing in the Sea of Japan under various formations.

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The four-day drill began Sunday, and it gives the three carrier strike groups an unusual opportunity to train together as an integrated unit alongside allied South Korean and Japanese forces.

South Korea and the United States started large-scale military manoeuvers on Saturday off the Korean peninsula in which three American aircraft carriers are taking part. The USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group, including a cruiser and three destroyers, entered the Western Pacific region on October 23, joining the USS Ronald Reagan, Bloomberg said. This is the first time that three carrier strike groups have operated together in the Western Pacific since exercises Valiant Shield 2006 and 2007 off the coast of Guam. The exercise involves air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishment at sea, defensive air combat training, and close-in coordinated maneuvers among others.

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The official added that exercises closest to Korea involved US and South Korean ships, while those closest to Japan involved USA and Japanese forces. "Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region".

While operating in the Sea of Japan on November 12, the U.S. Navy carriers were joined by a fleet of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) warships that included the JS Ise, a 1 3,950-ton Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer, the JS Makinami, a Takanami-class guided-missile antisubmarine warfare destroyer, and the lead ship of the Murasame-class of general objective destroyers, JS Murasame. "We sent three of the largest aircraft carriers in the world [to the Korean Peninsula] and a nuclear submarine is also positioned", he said during a visit to South Korea last week.

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The training is expected to showcase the military strength and USA alliance with Japan and South Korea amid the ongoing conflict with North Korea, according to information obtained by Association Press.

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