US Navy to run rare 3-carrier military exercise in western Pacific

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy says it will launch a rare military exercise involving three aircraft carrier strike groups in the western Pacific.

The maneuvers are to begin Saturday. It will be the first three-carrier exercise in the western Pacific since 2007.

PACIFIC OCEAN – MARCH 12: In this handout provided by the U.S. Navy, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the Pacific Ocean March 12, 2011. Ronald Reagan is en route toward Japan to render humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as directed. (Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

The U.S. 7th Fleet, which announced the exercise Wednesday, did not say where in the western Pacific the exercise will be conducted, but officials have said recently that it is intended to demonstrate U.S. resolve with allies Japan and South Korea during the ongoing crisis with North Korea.

The carriers involved are the USS Ronald Reagan, based in Japan; the USS Theodore Roosevelt, based in San Diego; and the USS Nimitz, based at Naval Base Kitsap at Bremerton, Washington.

CORONADO, CA – NOVEMBER 5: In this U.S. Navy handout, the USS Nimitz arrives in her homeport at Naval Air Station North Island November 5, 2003 in Coronado, California. The Nimitz and its carrier group were deployed for eight months in the Persian Gulf, with approximately six thousand sailors aboard.