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U.S. Has Three Aircraft Carriers in West Pacific for First Time in a Decade

  • Navy also deployed a SEAL-carrying submarine to region
  • U.S. says arrival is part of previously planned cycle

The U.S. Navy has three aircraft carriers and their assorted missile-carrying vessels operating in or deploying to the western Pacific Ocean for the first time since 2011 as tensions with North Korea remain high and President Donald Trump prepares to depart for Asia next week.

The milestone neared as the USS Nimitz and its strike group maneuvered in the Indian Ocean en route to the Pacific after operating in the Middle East, according to the Navy. The USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group, including a cruiser and three destroyers, entered the Western Pacific region Oct. 23, joining the USS Ronald Reagan.