SEOUL-South Korea will join three US aircraft carrier strike groups in a joint drill scheduled for November 11 to 14, the South's military said on Friday.
This massive show of military force is taking place during the US President's 12-day Asia tour amid heightened tensions with North Korea.
"This drill is aimed at enhancing the ability to fulfill extended deterrence, based on the ROK - U.S. alliance, to deter North Korea's nuclear provocations", according to the JCS.
The exercises come after the US and South Korea in their recent annual meeting on defensive policy agreed to expand the rotational deployment of strategic American military assets such as aircraft carriers, submarines and bombers to the peninsula.
Defense officials told USNI News that, since all three carriers entered USA 7th Fleet in October, there would be likely that at least two of the carriers conducting joint operations.
Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in worldwide waters off the Korean peninsula from Saturday through Tuesday in order to demonstrate the Navy's unique capability to operate multiple carrier groups as a coordinated force. These opportunities typically come about when the strikes groups deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations from the West Coast of the U.S. are coupled with the forward deployed carrier strike group from Japan, said the report on the official website of the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.
"While at sea, the strike force plans to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers, and other training", the 7th Fleet said.
The U.S. Pacific Fleet has a determined and steady presence throughout the region, conducting operations for more than 70 years now.
Also on Saturday, the United States and South Korean navies launched four days of joint drills off the east coast of South Korea.
Still, he warned Pyongyang that its military was no match for the U.S.