US Deploys Second Aircraft Carrier Toward Korean Peninsula

Tyler Durden's picture

One month ago, when we first discussed that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group, the US was deploying two more carriers toward the Korean peninsula, some took the Yonhap-sourced report skeptically: after all, what's the incremental symbolic impact of having two aircraft carriers next to North Korea when just one would more than suffice. One month later, and the report has been proven half right: according to CNN, in addition to the first US carrier already on location, the US Navy is moving the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula where it will conduct dual-carrier training exercises with the USS Carl Vinson.

After completing its maintenance period in Yokosuka, Japan, the USS Ronald Reagan, just as we first reported a month ago, departed for the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday, according to the Navy.

"Coming out of a long in-port maintenance period we have to ensure that Ronald Reagan and the remainder of the strike group are integrated properly as we move forward," Rear Adm. Charles Williams said in a press release.  Once it arrives in the region, the carrier will conduct a variety of training exercises but primarily focus on certifying its ability to safely launch and recover aircraft, the service said. In other words, traing for combat missions involved the North Korean capital.

The formal deployment comes several days after North Korea demonstrated a surprising leap forward in its missile program after launching a projectile that achieved "successful" controlled reentry into the earth's lower atmosphere rather than falling back to the surface, according to a preliminary US intelligence analysis.

The 1,092-foot CVN-76 Ronald Reagan carries a crew of 4,539 and is equipped with roughly 60 aircraft, according to the Navy. It was commissioned in 2003 and cost about $8.5 billion.

The USS Carl Vinson arrived at the Korean Peninsula late last month "as a show of force in advance of a long-anticipated sixth nuclear test from the North Korean government. While Pyongyang has yet to carry out that nuclear test, it did launch a KN-17 missile that achieved an altitude of more than 1,000 miles on Sunday" by far the longest reach yet in nation's missile test program.

According to CNN, defense officials would not comment on how long the US plans to operate two carriers near North Korea, but ultimately the Reagan is expected to replace the Vinson in the region once its deployment ends. Unless it isn't, in which case the US may further the CVN-68 Nimitz, which was the third carrier reported to be eventually making its way toward Korea.

And while we wait, here is the latest weekly US Naval map courtesy of Stratfor.

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sinbad2's picture

Don't believe anything you read, and only half of what you see.

mary mary's picture

These aircraft carrier groups are going to circle Japan continuously.  So the Navy can find out which group can circle faster.  Whichever group catches the other group, wins a free weekend in Bangkok.

onmail1's picture

N.Korea is a Honey pot

Hey ppl in west , look at ur children
think what'd happen when they become white prostitutes
in other countries

Cheers & Thumbs up N.Korea
for standing against west

West is only printing money
and buying(looting) all good goodies from rest
while threatening also the rest
west only exports bonds & bombs and
watches countries get destroyed
The rest was exploited by vampire west for hundreds of years
of piracy, colonialism, slavery, looting , murders & landgrabs
Its enough now

West has gone too much far
America,Canada,Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, NATO , Australia
All these are WAR CRIMINALS feasting on human blood
west creates terrorists ISIS, ISIL, Al-Shabab,Al-Queda, Al-nusra etc
and pretends to fight them & gets nobel prize

The western ppl before Christianity came were
human flesh eating cannibals practicing witchcraft
They ate entire entire race of Neanderthals 25000 yrs ago
and in return the Lord of the material world(devil) has blessed them
And their ancestor demons have possessed them now & are
driving the west into present wars
Western hunger for human blood is insatiable
We need heroes to tackle west

So again thumbs up to N.Korea & Kim
West only understands language of deterrence
so let them have it, see the effects:

1 Nuclear strike on USA : All financial system crashes, EMP destroys electronics
2 Nuclear strikes : Ppl come on streets against their own govts
3 Nuclear strikes : civil war breakout in USA
4 Nuclear strikes : Break up of USA
5 Nuclear strikes : west begs for food & aid
6 Nuclear strikes : ppl in west start leaving , become migrants
7 or more Nuclear strikes : west is waste land their ladies work as white prostitutes & men as hard labor in other countries
Look what ur own Lord Jesus says(Matt5:5): 'The meek shall inherit the earth'(after the nuclear war)

ur bible says 'A small stone(N.Korea) will strike at the clay feet of the golden statue(west) and then the statue will fall down to dust'

How many white prostitutes u want man?
depends , first ISIS will lay claim to all hah ha

ISIS will remarry these white sex slaves 25 times a year; 100 times in 4 years
then what will be left of these white females , only diseased mass of STD & Aids

dlweld's picture

Something will happen to one of the ships in the task forces - blamed on NK and used as an excuse to go all in - I bet!

10mm's picture

Notice the Osprey hovering over Carrier. Wouldn't wanna be on that let alone the carrier. 

Miss Informed's picture

The Osprey is more dangerous to US military personnel than "Al Kida". Almost as dangerous as John McCain.

John Prewett's picture

So if Kim "goes ballistic" he has two carriers to lob missiles at (maybe with nuke payload) instead of one. 

Miss Informed's picture

Doubling down on stupid

NoBillsOfCredit's picture

I'm getting tired of articles with poor grammar, improper spelling and errors.

Davidduke2000's picture

Once the first one is sunk, at least the planes would land on the second one. the problem is if the second one sink.

Davidduke2000's picture

Japan was the first country to be nuked by the first country that used nukes, it will be the first country erased off the map caused by the first country that used nukes.