Navy to carry out rare exercise over Sea of Japan

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The U.S. military said Wednesday that three U.S. aircraft carriers will commence a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific on November 11-14.

The San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt will join two other nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in a rare strike-force exercise in the Sea of Japan beginning Saturday. Kim has called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

The last time three carrier strike groups operated together in the Western Pacific was during exercises Valiant Shield 2006 and 2007, which were off the coast of Guam.

Such large-scale drills serve as a potent reminder of the USA ability to rapidly mobilize military force, a capability the Trump administration has been keen to emphasize as Pyongyang races ahead with tests to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States.

Trump may also board one of the carriers in person to demonstrate the US firepower and its regional security commitment.

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"Beyond the capability to project military power at great range, their ability to project political and psychological power is arguably unmatched, and we are seeing that play out", said Huxley, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

"It's a message to China to do more to pressure the North", said Shim Beom-chul, a professor of defense and unification issues at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul. The aerial formation consists of aircraft from the carrier strike groups as well as Air Force aircraft.

These opportunities typically come about when the strikes groups deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations from the West Coast of the U.S. are coupled with the forward deployed carrier strike group from Japan, said the report on the official website of the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

Kim was said to have examined it for a "long time" and warned the United States to cease its reckless actions, unless it wanted the North to follow through.

Addressing the North Korea crisis, the US President tweeted: "NoKo has interpreted America's past restraint as weakness". -South Korean alliance, and that diplomacy was most effective "when backed by credible military force".

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