This past Saturday marked the beginning of four days of naval exercises specifically targeted to show the military muscle of the United State and South Korea in opposition to that of North Korea.
The drills began off the eastern coast of South Korea, just while the President of the US, Donald Trump is in Asia for diplomatic discussions with national leaders. One of the main topics for discussions among Trump and Asian leaders is the nuclear threat North Korea is developing.
A battle group composed of three aircraft carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan, the Theodore Roosevelt and the Nimitz will enter the drill area and remain there until the exercises are completed on Tuesday.
In addition to the carrier group, 11 US Aegis ships will join with seven South Korean naval boats, including their own two Aegis ships. The Aegis designation refers to the specialized missile tracking and guidance systems on board.
The aim of the drill, aside from sending a warning to North Korea, is to enhance the partners’ aerial striking capabilities. But the main message is the one sent to North Korea by displaying the two countries’
“strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis,”
said a military spokesman for South Korea in a statement.