Mattis explains: Where the USS Vinson carrier group is going

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

The Korea Herald reported Monday that the USS Carl Vinson is due to arrive in South Korea's eastern waters on April 25, in time for another important date in the North Korean calendar: the anniversary of the army's foundation.

"We can not comment on details of USA operation of its assets", a military official said in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

The April 15th snapshot showed Carl Vinson, which is accompanied by two guided-missile destroyers, between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, and not in the Sea of Japan, as indicated by the White House.

The confusion was compounded by an erroneous statement from Defense Secretary James Mattis, who mistakenly told reporters that the exercise had been canceled.

The U.S. military's Pacific Command explained on Tuesday that the strike group first had to complete a shorter-than-initially planned period of training with Australia.

"The USS Carl Vinson Strike Group is proceeding to the Western Pacific as ordered", the spokesperson said. Upbeat signs have indeed been seeping out of China, with its flag carriers suspending flights to North Korea and state media calling for a halt in oil supplies and a further financial squeeze.

The Defense Department told the Times that the Carl Vinson is now headed for the Korean Peninsula and will reach the region later this month.

A North Korean missile exploded seconds after launch Sunday, according to US officials. How does the commander in chief not know that an aircraft carrier is not heading to deter North Korea? "It ensures our-we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the president options in the region", he said.

The rising threat has prompted the USA and South Korean governments to agree to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system, created to shoot down some missiles, over strenuous Chinese opposition and widespread anxiety over the move in South Korea itself. "Very powerful. We have submarines".

It isn't clear yet whether the storyline about the Carl Vinson was the product of deliberate deception by the Navy, defense officials in Washington or the White House, or whether internal miscommunication within the government might have turned the snowball into the avalanche.

"We are sending an armada, very powerful" President Trump declared, in an interview with Fox Business on April. 11.

Speaking in Japan, US Vice President Mike Pence said the US will counter any North Korean attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response.

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