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WorldU.S., Japan, South Korea, Australia hold first naval drills in Western Pacific

11:10  23 may  2019
11:10  23 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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A fleet of U . S ., Japanese and Indian warships will hold a large-scale joint naval exercise over eight days from Friday in the western pacific ; close to

The US Navy says two Japanese destroyers have joined the USS Carl Vinson in the Western Pacific . Japan ' s Navy says the two forces will practice a variety of tactics in a sign of solidarity. North Korea has also threatened Australia with a nuclear attack saying the country is toeing the U - S line.

U.S., Japan, South Korea, Australia hold first naval drills in Western Pacific© Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images The USS Blue Ridge arrives at Tanjung Priok, Jakarta on May 1, 2019. TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday.

The Pacific Vanguard exercise near the U.S. island of Guam takes place ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to Japan this weekend, as Washington looks to allies in Asia to help counter China's military might in the region.

"Pacific Vanguard joins forces from four, like-minded maritime nations that provide security throughout the Indo-Pacific based on shared values and common interests," Vice Admiral Phillip Sawyer, commander of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet, said in a statement.

U.S., France, Japan and Australia hold first combined naval drill in Asia

U.S., France, Japan and Australia hold first combined naval drill in Asia Warships from France, Japan, Australia and the United States held their first ever combined naval exercise on Thursday, in a new show of force in Asian waters by the United States and its allies who are wary of China's growing power. The French aircraft carrier, FS Charles de Gaulle and its escorts, were joined in the Bay of Bengal by five other naval vessels, including a Japanese helicopter carrier, a U.S. guided missile destroyer and an Australian submarine. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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Warships from France, Japan , Australia and the United States held their first ever combined naval exercise on Thursday, in a new show of force The French aircraft carrier, FS Charles de Gaulle and its escorts, were joined the Bay of Bengal by five other naval vessel, including a Japanese helicopter

The six-day exercise involves two Japanese destroyers, two Australian frigates and a destroyer from South Korea, with as many as 3,000 sailors participating.

The U.S. Navy has deployed five ships as well as fighter jets and maritime patrol planes for the drills, which include live fire and anti-submarine warfare exercises.

Pacific Vanguard is the latest show of combined naval force in the Asia Pacific region.

This month U.S. ships conducted drills with French, Japanese and Australian ships in the Bay of Bengal, and held separate exercises with a Japanese helicopter carrier and warships from India and the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea.

China claims almost all of the strategic South China Sea, through which passes about a third of global seaborne trade. Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have competing claims to the waterway.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Navy sent two ships through the Taiwan Strait, its latest transit through the sensitive waterway and a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world's two biggest economies.

Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a bitter trade war, U.S. sanctions and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Darren Schuettler)

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