US, South Korea Begin Joint Naval Exercises Involving US Aircraft Carrier

Tyler Durden's picture

For all his endless posturing, North Korea's Un has done absolutely nothing. And if his inability and unwillingness to translate threats into actions continue, that will pretty much be it for North Korea's hope to even get a few loose pennies as a nuisance factor. This may be tested in the next 48 hours as South Korea and the US begin two days of joint naval exercises off the country's east coast, involving the nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier CVN 68 Nimitz. Perhaps more informative than North Korea's bluster will be to see what if any reaction China has to a US presence in a hotly contested (with Japan) naval territory.

From Yonhap:

The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is anchored at the port of Busan.


South Korea and the United States on Monday began two days of joint naval exercises off the east coast involving the nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier.


The 97,000-ton USS Nimitz (CVN 68) left the southeastern port of Busan earlier in the day for the exercises with South Korea's Navy in the East Sea near Pohang, a senior military official said.


The Nimitz Strike Group consists of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and guided-missile destroyers and cruisers.


South Korea mobilized the Aegis-equipped destroyer King Sejong and the DDH-II class destroyer Chungmugong Yi Sunshin for the exercises. Aegis destroyers of the two countries will carry out missile detection, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft maneuvers, military officials said.


Although Seoul and Washington have said the maneuvers are part of annual training and defensive in nature, North Korea on Saturday denounced the arrival of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.


Pyongyang's Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea described the arrival as "an open threat and blackmail against the DPRK (North Korea), and a grave military provocation to unleash a nuclear war against it at any cost on the Korean Peninsula."


North Korea has long bristled at military exercises between the U.S. and the South, denouncing them as a rehearsal for an invasion of the communist nation.

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Ghordius's picture

may this year's ballet season of the 5th Fleet begin

SoundMoney45's picture

Please don't look at the US economy, monetary policy, trade policy, and fiscal policy, nothing to see there.  Please watch what the US military is doing.

Ghordius's picture

gun boat visits increase the glamour of a nation, and so increase it's "goodwill" (value), and so lifts it's currency

I would not go as far as saying that you get one buck back for every buck expended for the naval excercise, though, I'll leave it to Dr. Krugman...

redpill's picture

This wouldn't be happening if Ron Paul was President.

Zero Debt's picture

It would also help if journalists who have prostituted themselves to the military industrial complex would stop pimping war propaganda, terror, fear and hysteria.

BigJim's picture

The Nimitz - isn't that the carrier that can go backwards through time?

(documentary: )

good luck trying to hit that with a torpedo! 

SilverIsKing's picture

I thought it was the USS Numbnuts

Vendetta's picture

any distraction will do to avoid scrutiny of the utter lack of leadership in DC regarding anything economic/monetary in nature

Doofer's picture

This is not a big deal....

Lebensphilosoph's picture

Anyone remember Tonkin?

HulkHogan's picture

I'm thinking war in Asia will be the catalyst that starts the market decline, Lehman ^2.

DeliciousSteak's picture

War in Asia (especially the Far East) is about as likely as raw diamonds pouring out of my arse.

BLOTTO's picture

Middle East is where its really at...and where its always been since 'human' footprints...


Apparently something is very special to 'them' over there.

Lebensphilosoph's picture

Errrr ... 5000 years of Chinese history are replete with wars and not a worry in the world about the Middle East.

BLOTTO's picture

I understand that.


But Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, Noah, Adam, Abraham, Solomon, David...did not come from China.

What names are bigger than those?

BLOTTO's picture

+1 for Buddha... I shouldnt have forgotten about Big B.

typeatme's picture

There were also those Khan guys....

You know, Genghis and family....

As I recall they are still the most successful world conquerers in history, in terms of space? yea?

Some measurable percentage of genetic material throughout Russia and parts of middle east can

trace directly to Genghis.....

So...yea, there is that...

SpiceMustFlow's picture

Pretty sure soviets had largest land empire in history

hyperbole2000's picture

The land mass on the Kubla Khan grandson dwarfed the USSR.  During the Miiddle Ages the European nations trenmbed in fear at the onslaught of the what they percieved was the bibilcal forecast end of the world by the yellow horde.

What took them down Saladin's Muslim Armies when the Mogols came down to the western plains of the Afghan mountains after they took serious damage from passing though the Afghan mountains.

hyperbole2000's picture

Confucuious and Lao tze are nothing to sneeze at either.  North American history is still Euro-Centric.

There has been a governenc see saw in China for millernia betwen the conservatives (Confucians) and the liberals (Buddhista and Taoist). The current CCPC is trying to pass it itself off as a neo-confucianist entiity. The CPC is %%$ joke.

horot's picture

War! bitchezz

DeliciousSteak's picture

He is already doing a lot. First, the threats, now his actions seem to indicate willingness to take it down a notch and maybe start talking. These war games might not be helpful in that regard though.

blindman's picture

when in doubt prepare for disaster!
leadership !
to where? right.
Highlands by Bob Dylan on Time Out of Mind!/search?q=bob+dylan+time+out+of+mind
( )
.. "The sun is beginnin' to shine on me
But it's not like the sun that used to be
The party's over and there's less and less to say
I got new eyes, everything looks far away." b.d.

new game's picture

LITE THE FUSe bitcheez

rsnoble's picture

Aren't air craft carriers huge sitting ducks with todays tech?  I guess it depends who you fight.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Yes, you'll notice this is not one of our best carriers either.

DeliciousSteak's picture

Depends. Is the carrier operating alone, or does it have full attention from support vessels? A few hundred/thousand cruise missiles might be able to overwhelm the electronic defenses and do some damage. But no, as much as offensive tech has developed, so has defensive. I'd say the carrier was much more of a sitting duck during the cold war than now. The Soviets were definitely confident they could fairly easily sink US carriers if push comes to shove.

Ghordius's picture

carriers are never alone. and this specific wargame is for the Aegis cruisers (like the one being tended in the photo, with the boxy superstructure)

Aegis is a weapon system specifically designed to care of unfriendly missiles, even if fired in overwhelming masses for example by a circle of Soviet Naval Aviation Backfires

Divine Wind's picture



US Aircraft carriers rarely operate alone. Very rarely.

There are subs below and any number of surface vessels spread in a ring around the flat top.

Carriers are far too expensive and vulnerable.

New_Meat's picture

"The Nimitz Strike Group consists of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and guided-missile destroyers and cruisers."

and an attack boat or two.  Kami has the right of it.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Meh, far too many asians anyway.  Time to cull the herd.

new game's picture

a fucking staged event to get the plebs ready for 3-2-1; national pride bush style; who do you hate today?

SpiceMustFlow's picture

Well it's Monday so... The gays?

buzzsaw99's picture

I bet you folks don't have one of these... [/uncle rico]

Mercury's picture
US, South Korea Begin Joint Naval Exercises Involving US Aircraft Carrier


I suppose it’s too much to ask that they start practicing:

              Operation Go The Fuck Home Already 

new game's picture

bullies bully and pissed off mofo's get even - retribution a coming...

willmont's picture

Apologies for hijacking this thread but Im looking for a post several months ago about paying children $2000 to read a list of 10 great books. It was then linked in a recent post a few weeks ago. The comments section had readers' suggested lists of books and I wanted to write some of them down. Any help will be appreciated.

Benjamin Glutton's picture

See the contributor Cognitive Dissonance I believe.

Winston Churchill's picture

Hedgeless Horseman was the author, look  in contibutors articles.

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

I went over the list, and there's some gaping holes.


Assuming you're aiming for 12-16 yrs old[1], History of Western Philosophy by Russell (very biased against the Continental Philosophers such as Nietzsche, but it was a product of its time) or the slightly denser Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals by Murdoch (Iris, not the vampire version) are both essential, and share the same moral framework as many readers here. (i.e. not too radical to lead young minds down paths they're not ready for). Murdoch, in particular, writes from a Christian standpoint.




[1] I have no real idea what the current American teenager's reading comprehension is, so it'd be worth while to "read in tandem" and discuss points raised. Mix in with Wiki / Britannica + more in depth sources if need be.

trader1's picture

I'm listening to Russel's audiobook on History of Western Philosophy.  I find it quite an amazing piece of work and an excellent "refresher course" for what I never studied back in school days.  You're right though about Russel - he has an arrogant tone.  His treatment of Hegel is harsh! ;-)

Need to check out Murdoch's piece. thanks

One gem worth looking into is "The Book" by Alan Watts, but only when you're on a search for what it all means...


Apostate2's picture

Perhaps the Kerry bribe (lol) a few weeks ago will be sufficient. The 'un' ill won may now be comfortably bunkered down, though the 'bribe be smail yet the fault be great'. Just pieces falling into place.



shovelhead's picture

Another Free Shit Army threatening to riot if they don't get some goodies from Uncle Sam.

Bring on the Obama Phones!

TSA gropee's picture

It wouldn't be a stretch, nor would it be the first time that lives and hardware were sacrificed for the greater (ahem) good of the ________ (fill in the blank).

Monedas's picture

Kim Il Un is apparently .... in slapped down mode !