Trump Sends Second Aircraft Carrier To Korean Peninsula With 7,500 Sailors, Marines Aboard

Tyler Durden's picture

Just one week after uttering his now-infamous "this is the calm before the storm" statement to the press ahead of a dinner with military leaders, we now learn that President Trump has dispatched a second nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, filled with 7,500 marines, to the Korean Peninsula.  Of course, this comes after rumors swirled earlier this week that North Korea is preparing to fire multiple short-range rockets around the opening of the Chinese Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress on Oct. 18th.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is en route to the western Pacific after leaving San Diego port last week.


The Roosevelt will focus on maritime security operations in the Pacific and Middle East, the US military announced.


But the £3.4billion ($4.5billion) warship, known as “the Big Stick”, has been sent to boost US defence on the Korean peninsula, according to South Korean media.


It is expected to arrive in region in the coming weeks amid fears North Korea is about to test another missile or nuclear weapon.

Per the following map from Stratfor, the USS Theodore Roosevelt will join the USS Ronald Reagan which is already operating in the region.

Ship Positions

According to a statement from Admiral Steve Koehler, a strike group commander on the ship, the Roosevelt is carrying some 7,500 sailors and marines that are “ready as a war fighting force”.

“The US Navy carrier strike group is the most versatile, capable force at sea,” he said in a statement before the ship’s launch.


“After nearly a year of training and integration exercises, the entire team is ready as a warfighting force and ready to carry out the nation’s tasking.”

Of course, as we noted above, this buildup of naval forces in the Pacific follows an ominous warning from the President last week that preceded a dinner with military leaders: "You guys know what this represents? Maybe it's the calm before the storm," he said: "It could be the calm... before... the storm."

A reporter quickly asked what the storm might be -"Is it Iran, ISIS, what's the storm?"  to which he replied... "'ll find out."

So what say you?  Just more bluster from a headline seeking President and normal-ish naval patrols in the Pacific or have we reached a point of no return in an escalating conflict with a rogue North Korean leader that could turn violent at any moment?

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Kamehameha's picture

I smell defeat.  Be careful.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Nothing happens, there will be no cannon fodder or dead bodies or a war. 

Equities, debt and real estate markets continue to skyrocket higher, AG and AU will continue to be suppressed and the cryptos will continue their vertical launch higher to ever more stupid figures. 

The status quo makes me fucking miserable. 

Slack Jack's picture

Engdahl says Kim Jong Un is false opposition.

Engdahl says that Kim Jong Un lived in Switzerland from 1991 until 2000. He attended the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in Köniz near Bern. The strongest hint that Kim Jong Un is a "Pentagon" puppet and not a communist (Chinese) puppet is that he had China's best friend in Pyongyang, Jang Sung-taek, executed. He also ordered the systematic execution of all other members of Jang's family including children and grandchildren (and others that were considered too close to China).

Other hints are that he is usefully (to the US) provocative and doesn't seem to listen to China.

Engdahl also thinks North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State, but it seems more likely that Kim Jong Un is indeed a "Pentagon" man but that North Korea is (i.e., will be treated as) an enemy state.

Remember: The first rule for fighting a (real) war is to place your own puppet as the leader of the enemy.

Also, one should not forget that Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton are all Jews.

And as an example of how real wars are fought,....

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

Slack Jack's picture

Here's something you might like:

Yesterday I grabbed a copy of David Irving's "Hitler's war."

Irving presents the view that Hitler would only attack Gibraltar if Franco gave the little boy permission.

Franco never gave the little boy Hitler permission so Hitler couldn't attack.

On page 460 Irving says "Hitler sadly reflected that if he could capture Gibraltar it would solve the whole problem with one blow, but without Spain’s consent this was impossible."

What a joke.

It couldn't be more obvious that Hitler was false opposition.

It couldn't be more obvious that David Irving is false opposition.

Irving presents the view that Hitler insisted on abiding by the Geneva Convention even if it meant losing the war.

On page 11 Irving says "He (Hitler) had opposed every suggestion for the use of poison gases, as that would violate the Geneva Protocol; at that time Germany alone had manufactured the potentially war-winning lethal nerve gases Sarin and Tabun."

Really, could it be more obvious that David Irving is false opposition.

Irving presents the view that Hitler didn't invade Britain because he liked the English. [Even though he "accidently" killed hundreds of thousands of them. I guess he didn't like the French, so he invaded them.]

Really, could it be more obvious that David Irving is false opposition.

So much for David Irving.

cossack55's picture

WTF. Freezing your nuts off north of the 38th, humping thru the f'ing jungle in 200% humidity and stumbling over expended DU rounds in 115 degree heat.....can't the US fight in France and Italy just one more time?

Mr Hankey's picture

No,they can't. Trust me on this one.

BigJim's picture

Nice carrier you got there. Shame if something happened to it.

BullyBearish's picture

join the u.s. military, see the world, make new friends...and kill them

Mr... Robot's picture

I just hope they don;t run into any other ships out in the ocean, literally.

OverTheHedge's picture

Weird. I keep getting this deja vu feeling.....

Slack Jack's picture

Weird. I keep getting hearing this flushing sound.....

Akzed's picture

So, you’re from Moronton?

OverTheHedge's picture

Odd - I could have sworn that I read that before, somewhere...

El_Puerco's picture

Thank you for the info ..



07564111's picture

Yeah we know, but why ruin the jokes and fun with serious comment ??? ;)

Vageling's picture

Depends on what you call "fun". This BS is getting tiresome. I want a refund! This bread sucks and the circuses are lame. 

This ain't Sparta. DaFuQ a handful of marines will change? Boring... 

lester1's picture

We all hate the status quo. Which is why we voted for Trump.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Who has done literally fuck all to change it. 

Where was his tweet after taking office "Hey everyone, stock market is MASSIVE bubble, sell everything before its too late and you loose everything" 

No?  Never happened?  Oh yes "STAWKS UP 25% GOLLY GEE I CREATED THIS"

The guy is Judas. He sold us out for his ego.  Would have been better for Clinton to win so the collapse could be tired around her neck and not the conservative movement, which it most definitely will. 

charlewar's picture

I've crying towels and butt salve to sell you to care for your bruised ego.

svayambhu108's picture

> The guy is Judas. He sold us out for his ego. 


At least Judas although a traitor had the decency to hang himself

peddling-fiction's picture

"At least Judas although a traitor had the decency to hang himself"

And he gave back the dirty silver coins.

buttmusk's picture

you could put the best president possible in the white house and it means fuck all if Congress is intent on sabotaging their agenda.

overbet's picture

While your resolve is admirable, just cover youre short buddy its clearly unhinging you and youll feel better immidiately. 

FreeShitter's picture

Lester, voting for trump will hopefully prove to the braindead american sheep, that it solves nothing. Next time when its time to vote, carry the pitchfork instead.

Vageling's picture

I wish. I don't see any of that happening until the sheeps figure out what democracy is and why it's failing them. Until then they keep voting for clowns that promise free shit and/or change. Like a junkie in need of his fix. 

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Democracy is something that existed briefly in ancient Athens after the Cleisthenic reforms, and not properly anywhere since.

wafm's picture

now you've got a madman in power...happy?

lew1024's picture

As happy as I can be in the circumstances.

We didn't know he was a madman (actually, I still don't know that. Very limited vision + unbounded ego is not a madman), but we knew she was a madwoman.


Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Weren't we told not longer ago about the US getting 3 carrier groups off NK in short order? Looks like a de-escalation to me.

Crazy Or Not's picture

It's a strong show of force, but 7,500 will do what exactly to a land army of 1,000,000?
The other hardware .... is a different matter entirely! 

JohninMK's picture

The 7500 number is the number of souls on board, including the ship's crew and air wings.

So perhaps a few hundred Marines?

OverTheHedge's picture

This is more headline click-bait. I have been trying to find out how many marines the ship can carry, but the crew itself seems to number around 6,000. Can they fit an extra 7,500 marines in on top of everything else they do? Not clear.

There is a great little article at MoonOfAlabama about exactly this type of headline nonsense:

Hacked - The Secret Pictures Of Trump's Australian Sexlife

And if Tyler is peeved about me promoting other people's blogs that denigrate Zerohedge headlines, then stop writing completely misleading headlines just to get clicks.

However, I have no problem opening a page that is purely designed to get Tyler some ad revenue, but how about being honest about it? I'll happily open it; I just don't want to waste my day reading nonsense. Or is the headline the coded message?



Crazy Or Not's picture

Several times of late I've wondered if ZH is:
* For Sale again ...(re: click bait headlines) 
* Pussy'ing out on meaningful narratives to avoid negative Net censoring (esp. prior to sale!)
* MDB is a Tyler creation to increase thread activity.
* The whole site is run by 3 letter agency looking to fill FEMA farms.

Marines bunk in hangers when req. Redundant info tho. as is vapid gesture. IF NK conflict goes live it will be Iraq. war of Scuds .....on steroids.

OverTheHedge's picture

I've read Bravo Two Zero - scud hunting seemed a bit of a wild goose chase, if I remember correctly.

BigJim's picture

It's interesting that one of the web's biggest dissident sites does such weird things whenever a comment is up- or down- voted, isn't it?

Almost as if the votes are being squirreled away in a database somewhere else....

idahobandito's picture

Correct...the LPD's (formally LPH's) are the troop carriers. I think it would take at least 3 to carry that many jarheads. Also, they would have to set sail at least a week earlier, as they are single screw with a flank speed of around 18 knots of shaking and vibrating apart.

Vageling's picture

Show of force? Either you guys make your marines braindead and thus cannon fodder or this is just netflix BS. Stay tuned... I'm guessing the latter. 

Crazy Or Not's picture

See above. 
TROOPS/M. Corp. are more for vessel / small craft defense. 
Scud War Mk II over Seoul is the issue.
But Kim has to launch first or China/Russian war dogs are let loose, which is not in the 2017 diary! 
More likely Kim is playing Croquet in the Garden while giving the finger to the passing Satellittes.

BarkingCat's picture

Most marines are dumber than a box of rocks. 

I have known a few and not one of them was what I would consider smart.

I am sure there are exceptions,......  as there are fat North Koreans. 

Yellow_Snow's picture

The smell of dead bodies...

charlewar's picture

that's hilLIARy you smell.

shining one's picture

I smell shit, bullshit. Chump already did the "i'm sending carriers over there", three times. That makes, what, four of them over there now? No becuase they etiher don't go there or just go and move away again.

Mr Hankey's picture

Defeat? BWAAHAAHAAHAA! Cue FUZZY THUNDER. He will lead US to victory, U know he will! USA!!!USA!!!!USA!!!! 'Murica!!!FUCK YEAH!!!NASCAR!!!!FIREWORKS!!!!!EAGLES!!!!!BACON!!!!!DIABETES!!!!FLAGWANKING!!!

philipat's picture

7,500 Marines should be really effective against a NK armed force of over 1 Million?

07564111's picture

extra special crispie marines ;)