USS Carl Vinson

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transits the South China Sea March 2, 2017. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is deployed to the Western Pacific as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command-and-control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kurtis A. Hatcher

Japan, US plan joint drills in East China Sea

April 13, 2017

Japanese and American navies are planning joint drills when United States warships arrive in the Korean peninsula this month, in a show of force to deter Pyong- yang from further provocations.

The drills will involve helicopter landings on each other’s ships as well as communication exercises, two sources told Reuters.

A US naval strike force, led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, is en route to the Korean peninsula and due to arrive soon.

“Japan wants to dispatch several destroyers as the Carl Vinson enters the East China Sea,” one of the sources was quoted as saying.

The upcoming foray of the US warship into waters in North Korea’s backyard has led Pyongyang to declare it is ready for war. (The Straits Times)



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