Three U.S. carriers in Asia-Pacific region to hold exercises

For the first time in a decade, three American aircraft carriers will hold military exercises, this time in waters near China and North Korea.

The rare show of force comes as President Donald Trump kicks off his first Asia tour with visits to several nations including Japan, China, and South Korea.

The drill will include the USS Nimitz, the Ronald Reagan, the Theodore Roosevelt and their accompanying warships. A Japanese destroyer, the Inazuma, will join the exercises, officials said.

Officials did not disclose where the drills would be held or when they would take place.

The last time three U.S. carrier strike groups exercised together was in 2007, when the Nimitz, along with the John C. Stennis and Kitty Hawk carrier strike groups participated in drills near Guam.

Analyst comment: The exercises serve a number of purposes, not the least of which is a demonstration of how rapidly the U.S. can muster military force in a given region and the amount of firepower the Pentagon can amass. For certain North Korean and Chinese leaders are watching.

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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