USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier attack group returned to the Pacific Ocean to resume operations in the region, after spending four months in the Persian Gulf, the US Navy reported today.
The ship arrives in the Asian region after its air assets participated since last December in dozens of attacks against the Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East and insurgent groups in Afghanistan, according to the source.
The CVN-71 left its base port in San Diego, California, last October 6, and its escort vessels are the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) missile cruiser, as well as the USS Halsey (DDG-97) missile destroyers, USS Sampson (DDG-102) and USS Preble (DDG-88).
On its journey to the Middle East at the end of 2017, the CVN-71 participated in an unprecedented exercise for a week along with two other aircraft carriers: the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz, near the Korean peninsula, a maneuver that raised the tensions in the area and provoked strong protests from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The group now returns to the area of responsibility of the North American Fleet, which has its headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan, to be present in maritime operations and to strengthen the links with allied naval forces, highlights the note of the Navy.
The United States and South Korea will resume their major joint military exercises Foal Eagle and Key Resolve from April 1, after their temporary suspension for the winter Olympic Games held in February in the South Korean city of Pyeong Chang.
The maneuvers include the participation of some 23,000 US troops and 300,000 South Koreans and its size is similar to that of recent years, according to the Defense Department.
The Key Resolve exercise is mainly a war game through computerized systems, while the Foal Eagle involves air, maritime and special forces operations of both countries, as well as large naval landings, so the authorities of Pyongyang consider them true trials. of aggression.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, one of the Pentagon spokesmen, these trainings are for defensive purposes and are not related to the current political situation on the Korean peninsula, so “it does not make sense for the DPRK to interpret them as a provocation.”
This year the maneuvers have a more sensitive character, amid the expectations created in the international community about the possible summit meeting scheduled for next May between the leader of the DPRK and President Donald Trump.