UPDATED: 3 U.S. Carrier Strike Groups to Exercise for 4 Days in the Sea of JapanNovember 9, 2017
Three U.S. carrier strike groups will drill together – in the first tri-carrier operations in a decade off the Korean peninsula in the Sea of Japan, several sources confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), along with their escorts and air wings, are set to meet off the coast of Korea for four days of exercises later this week.
“These three carriers are not there specifically targeting North Korea. … This is a routine demonstration of our commitment to the region,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said last week.
Defense officials told USNI News that, since all three carriers entered U.S. 7th Fleet in October, there would be likely that at least two of the carriers conducting joint operations.