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USN to kick off three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific

09 November 2017

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups will commence a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific on 11-14 November, the US Navy (USN) said in statement.

This is the first time three carrier strike groups have operated together in the Western Pacific since exercises 'Valiant Shield' 2006 and 2007, which were conducted off the coast of Guam, the USN noted.

The current exercises are scheduled to take place in Western Pacific waters closer to Asia.

US President Donald Trump is now visiting countries in the region for his first Asian trip, although USN and Pentagon officials have maintained the presence of the three carrier groups in that area is due to coincidental scheduling.

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