US Deploys Third Aircraft Carrier To Western Pacific Ahead Of Trump's Visit

Ahead of Trump's Asian tour, which in addition to a trip to Beijing also includes a visit to the Korean Peninsula and perhaps a surprise visit to the DMZ, the US navy is bringing out the big guns, and has deployed a third nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Nimitz-class USS Theodore Roosevelt and its strike group which on October 23, to the Western Pacific Ocean amid increasing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea the US Navy announced in a statement.

On Monday, the carrier strike group entered the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet area, which is the Navy’s biggest forward-deployed fleet, with its area of operations stretching from the International Date Line to the India-Pakistan border, and from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south.

The USS Roosevelt strike group has arrived in the west Pacific

The 100,000-ton warship and its strike group joins two other carriers located in the 7th Fleet area amid fears of war with North Korea: in addition, the U.S. Navy announced that the USS Nimitz strike group consisting of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard, USS Shoup, USS Pinckney, USS Kidd, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton returned to the 7th Fleet area of operations on October 25 following a deployment to the Persian Gulf.

While it is unclear if the final rendezvous of the three ships is North Korea, it is still largely unprecedented to allocate three aircraft carriers in the region at one time, and is a huge gathering of US sea power according to naval experts. Ultimately, the USS Theodore Roosevelt is expected to make its way to the Persian Gulf to replace the USS Nimitz. The U.S. Navy has not announced any specific missions for the two carriers.

According to the Diplomat, the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group, operating out of Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture and currently the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed carrier strike group in the Asia-Pacific region, recently completed a major naval exercise in the waters off the Korean Peninsula.

The USS Ronald Reagan is currently anchored off the port of Busan. Republic of Korea (ROK) Army General Jeong Kyeong-doo, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and the commanding officer of U.S. Forces Korea General Vincent Brooks met aboard the carrier on October 24 to discuss ongoing tension on the Korean Peninsula, according to Yonhap news agency.


“Amid an unprecedentedly grave security situation, the deployment of Ronald Reagan and its carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula and their joint exercise with South Korea is part of the increased deployment of U.S. strategic assets here. It must have been a strong warning to North Korea,” Jeong was quoted by the JCS as saying aboard the carrier.

In early June, two carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson, conducted joint naval exercises off the Korean peninsula in the Sea of Japan in response to North Korean ballistic missile tests. It was the first time that two U.S carriers were operating near the Korean Peninsula since the 1990s.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt will conduct maritime security operations, theater security cooperation, and port visits while deployed in the Asia-Pacific. “USS Theodore Roosevelt is prepared to carry out the full spectrum of possible missions, from humanitarian relief to combat operations,” said the ship's commanding officer Cpt Sardiello. “When a carrier leaves on deployment, we have to be ready for anything.”

For now, the region is surprisingly quiet: Kim has not fired missile or tested a nuclear bomb since September 15.


Cluster_Frak Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:25 Permalink

That's like a 7th carier by my count, given there were quite a few stories about sending 2nd carier. 2nd carier must have been sent like 6 times by now.

SHADEWELL Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:35 Permalink

Anchors Away boys...anchors away"yeah...boyeeee..Kims out dere and he dont even know what time it is.." we gonna roll roll roll that mother fucking asian troll troll troll...he gonna know know know dat he gonna glow glow glow"

Ben A Drill Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:29 Permalink

I read that yesterday on msn. Why do I have this strange feeling that something bad is going to happen in Los Angeles, CA.

I think to many people are looking at their smartphones rather than looking forward or looking up. They won’t know what hit them.

Mineshaft Gap Ben A Drill Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:12 Permalink

This is how it'll play out.Harvey Weinstein will surface in Pyongyang. Political dissident."I've defected to the last place on earth where a man can be free."Kim Jong-Il will stand with his arm around Harvey.Harvey will be eyeing up the female guards.Five minutes later, Harvey will have a bag over his head.They'll drive him by underground rail to a mountain launching facility.He'll be tied to the new JONG KABONG class missile.10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6....Whoosh.Barbara Streisand will be perfecting her Zen tan on her veranda with her little dog."What's that spot in the sky, Schnozzie?" 

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Winston Churchill ToSoft4Truth Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:42 Permalink

No need, a 100kt sea mine exploded at depth doesnt care which way the wind blows.The tsunami would sink anything above water for 200nm.I don't think little Kim specified above or below the Pacific for his next "test".Nothing is going to happen, the Chinese have made it quite clear what will happen to any and allUSN vessels in the Pacific if Trump attacks the Norks.They're trying to bluff Kim into a mistake.Thats not going to happen either.Bluff and bluster from both sides.The US has no military options short of nukes and Kim knows it.

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johnnycanuck Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:44 Permalink

In recent news, US naval commanders said they didn't know the latest Russian sub was in their vicinity off the coast of Syria before it launched several spreads of Cruise Missiles from underwater.That would be the third time in recent years some country's Sub snuck up on a US navy aircraft carrier group.  China and France were the other two if memory serves.

Akdov Telmig johnnycanuck Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:25 Permalink

First it was the Swedish Gotland diesel sub with AIP that made several attack runs VS a US aircraft carrier battle group undetected, the Nimitz class of USN aircraft carriers are very outdated, especially against modern diesel subs and long range anti-ship missiles attacking in a swarm from all directions and altitudes at supersonic speed.…

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