WATCH: US Navy’s 3-Carrier Military Exercise in Western Pacific Ocean
Three U.S. Navy aircraft carriers joined South Korea forces on Saturday to begin joint naval exercises in the waters off the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea as President Donald Trump ends his five-country Asia tour.
The USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt strike groups operated together, marking the first time three American aircraft carriers have trained together since 2007, according to the U.S. Pacific Fleet which released a video of the training on Sunday. The carriers will conduct several training activities, including air defense drills, sea surveillance and defense air combat, until Tuesday.
“Clearly there’s no big message,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. “This is what we normally do with allies. This is a normal operation of interoperability and working together.”
He added that arranging such joint exercises is often “a scheduling issue.”
The four-day exercises also will involve 11 U.S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean naval vessels, including two Aegis ships. The Aegis technology refers to missile tracking and guidance.
Three U.S. Navy aircraft carriers joined South Korea on Saturday to begin joint four-day naval exercises in the waters off the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea as President Trump ends his five-country Asia tour.