(Report) USS Carl Vinson, Japanese Warships Begin Joint Exercises near Philippines

Write : 2017-04-24 09:31:53 Update : 2017-05-08 08:20:22

(Report) USS Carl Vinson, Japanese Warships Begin Joint Exercises near Philippines

Anchor: The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson has begun joint exercises with Japanese warships in waters off the Philippines, as it continues to move toward the Korean Peninsula. Tokyo expects the joint drills will send a strong message to Pyongyang and deter additional provocations by the North.
Alannah Hill has more.
 
Report: Last Friday, two Japanese frigates belonging to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force left the Sasebo Port in Nagasaki, Kyushu.
 
After sailing southward, the two warships arrived in the Western Pacific region near the Philippines for a rendezvous with the USS Carl Vinson.
 
According to the Japanese media, the joint naval exercises between the U.S. and Japan began Sunday.
 
In addition to the aircraft carrier, two Japanese vessels and two other U.S. warships are joining the exercises.
 
During the joint drills, the two sides are testing tactics on deploying warships while checking their information-sharing skills as they sail northward.

The U.S. and Japan conducted two similar joint maritime exercises in the East China Sea last month.
 
During a press conference on Saturday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence assured that the USS Carl Vinson is currently heading to waters near the Korean Peninsula.
 
[Sound bite: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence]
"Carl Vincent carrier group, our expectation is that they will be in position in a matter of days."
 
Japanese public broadcaster, NHK, said the latest Washington-Tokyo naval joint exercise appears to be aimed at deterring Pyongyang’s additional provocations, amid growing speculations the North will conduct a nuclear or missile test around the anniversary of the foundation of the North’s military on Tuesday.
Alannah Hill, KBS World Radio News.

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