A Korean news source called Yonhap recently reported from a South Korean senior government official that not just one, but a total of three US aircraft carriers have been deployed toward the Korean peninsula.
The CVN-76 Ronald Reagan is stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, while the other two carriers – the CVN-70 Carl Vinson and the CVN-68 Nimitz – are predicted to arrive next week. According a report on the CVN-68 Nimitz, it is undergoing the final phase of an extensive training process called COMPUTEX that will ensure the group’s complete preparation and unity. Commander Rear Adm. Ross A. Myers expressed his confidence in the training that thoroughly equips and reinforces their fighters:
“Nimitz strike group will achieve the highest levels of readiness and preparedness possible, whether they believe it or not right now. That I can guarantee.”
If all goes according to plan, Nimitz will break through the waters of the Sea of Japan next week, while the USS Carl Vinson is targeting the coast of South Korea and expected to arrive on April 25 with its fleet of warships.
After the failed launch of an unidentified projectile by North Korea on Sunday, tensions are definitely rising in the Korean Peninsula. The president of Eurasia Group Ian Bremmer tweeted:
N Korea missile test fails.
But give them credit for trying.
Test was in direction of US strike force.
Undeterred by US muscle-flexing.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) April 15, 2017
Yonhap commented on the unique nature of the Trump administration’s decisions. Sources stated that having three aircraft carriers concentrated in one area reveals the US dedication to decreasing North Korea’s power.