Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks at a news conference at Changi Naval Base in Singapore August 22, 2017.
USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Groups transit in formation during a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX) during exercise Valiant Shield 2007. "This exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the U.S. Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region".
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 Roosevelt will join the Bremerton-based USS Nimitz and forward-deployed USS Ronald Reagan in the exercise, which comes as President Trump is traveling in Asia.
Animosity between the United States and the isolated regime could increase further when the first three-aircraft carrier exercise begins on Saturday. In recent months, U.S. Navy carriers have conducted dual-carrier strike group exercises in the Western Pacific, including in the contested South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea.
Trump also noted that the three USA aircraft carriers "are appropriately positioned" near the Korean Peninsula.More news: Google's Upcoming 'Files Go' App to Compete with Apple's AirDrop
More news: Twitter stops verifying users after Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' organizer is verified
More news: Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension back on
This will be the first time since 2007 that three carrier strike groups operate together in the Western Pacific. The fleet is just as committed to maintaining those security commitments for the next 70 years.
The strike exercise has come up amidst growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang's nuclear arms and ballistic missile programs.
President Trump stood on the floor of the Unite Nations General Assembly several weeks ago and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, repeatedly insinuating the only way to deal with North Korea is through military force. "It is a hell that no person deserves", the CNN reported.
Shin Won-sik, former head of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff operational headquarters, said that the U.S. Navy's coordinated operations would "give a taste" of Washington's military options on North Korea, which has often threatened to hit the U.S. mainland with long-range missiles.
"A touch-and-go situation is prevailing in the peninsula due to the US and south Korean puppet forces' military provocations", the official Rodong Sinmun wrote. Do not underestimate us.