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U.S.' nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to join S. Korea-U.S. naval drills

All News 23:18 October 09, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 9 (Yonhap) -- The United States will deploy one of its nuclear-powered aircraft carriers to South Korea for the allies' joint naval drills next week, a military official here said Sunday, in a show of force against a provocative North Korea.

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), the flagship of the Yokosuka, Japan-based Carrier Strike Group, will participate in the exercise, called "Invincible Spirit," that will begin its six-day run on Monday, the official said.

The allied drills come amid growing speculation that Pyongyang would engage in yet another provocation such as a nuclear test and a long-range ballistic missile launch, to mark the founding anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on Monday.

The allies' navies plan to mobilize dozens of warships and submarines for the drills, which include anti-submarine maneuvers.

In July 2010 following the North's torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan, Seoul and Washington staged a massive naval exercise, also called Invincible Spirit. At the time, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier participated.

This photo, provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, shows the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) aircraft carrier. (Yonhap)


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