3-Carrier Strike Force Exercise In Western Pacific Ocean



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The three United States Navy aircraft carriers are on a show of strength in the Western Pacific Ocean since the weekend. It is the first time that the three-carrier strike force — the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and USS Nimitz (CVN-69) are sailing together in a decade.

The three-carrier strike force along with their multi-ship strike groups are participating in four days of exercises. The Japanese Maritime Defense Force helicopter carrier Ise (DDH-182) and two other Japanese destroyers are also operating in this exercise, according to an Avgeekery.com report.

According to the Avgeekery.com report, the Reagan has Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW-5) embarked. It is accompanied by the ships of Carrier Strike Group FIVE (CSG-5). CVW-5 includes  VFA-27 Royal Maces, VFA-115 Eagles, and VFA-195 Dambusters flying the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-102 Diamondbacks flying the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, VAW-115  Liberty Bells flying the Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye 2000, VAQ-141 Shadowhawks flying the Boeing EA-18G Growler, HSC-12 Golden Falcons flying the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, HSM-51 Warlords and HSM-77 Saberhawks flying the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, and VRC-30 Providers Detachment 5 We Deliver flying the Northrop Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound.

The Roosevelt hosts CVW-17 and is escorted by CSG-9. CVW-17 consists of VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks and VFA-94 Shrikes flying the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, VFA-113 Stingers flying the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, VMFA-312 Checkerboards flying Boeing F/A-18C Hornet, VAW-116 Sun Kings flying the Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, VAQ-139 Cougars flying the Boeing EA-18G Growler, HSC-6 Indians flying the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, HSM-73 Battlecats flying the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, and VRC-30 Providers Detachment 4 Pure Horsepower flying the Northrop Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound.

While the Nimitz has CVW-11 on board. It is accompanied by CSG-11. CVW-11 is the VFA-146 Blue Diamonds and VFA-147 Argonauts flying the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-154 Black Knights flying the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, VMFA-323 Death Rattlers flying the Boeing F/A-18C Hornet, VAW-121 Bluetails flying the Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye, VAQ-142 Gray Wolves flying the Boeing EA-18G Growler, HSC-8 Eightballers flying the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, HSM-75 Wolfpack flying the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, and VRC-30 Providers Detachment 3 Crusaders flying the Northrop Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound.

According to CNN, North Korean government officials told CNN’s Will Ripley in Pyongyang last week that the U.S. was progressively taking more action that could lead to another Korean War.

“Nobody knows when and how the ‘war maniac’ Trump will ignite the ‘wick of war,'” the officials said, referring to the carrier strike operation near the North Korean peninsula.

The carrier-strike drills will take place till Nov. 14.

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