Defense Secretary Mattis addresses confusion over carrier

And the announcement that the Vinson had been dispatched to the region increased tensions with Pyongyang, with its official Korean Central News Agency calling the carrier's deployment "nothing but a reckless action of aggression to aggravate the tensions in the region". "Very powerful", Trump said on April 12 during an interview with armada.html" target="_blank">Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo after being asked about North Korea's planned missile launch.

The naval strike group had actually spent the past few days conducting drills with the Australian Navy, the official said. Defense News notes photos posted from the carrier put it thousands of miles from the peninsula and traveling in the opposite direction.

The presence of the USA carrier strike group, and the threat of a U.S. military strike on North Korea, had weighed heavily on Chinese minds and in the media there. Separately, a defense official suggested to the Washington Post that the problem may have started with a statement from U.S. Pacific Command that "could have been worded a little more clearly". However, last Sunday a Navy commander said the sea-craft was near Sumatra in the South Pacific, and according to reports released yesterday, the Carl Vinson was steaming south instead of north when the White House made the statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump also said he's sending an "armada" to Korea. The White House is now being questioned about making public wrong information about the whereabouts of Navy ships. "The forward deployment is deterrence, presence". It's prudent. But it does a lot of things. "The Vinson sails up and down the Pacific routinely, and so I would not read anything into the Carl Vinson's current locations".

The episode raised questions about whether major allies of the United States, like South Korea and Japan, had been informed of the carrier's whereabouts, and whether the misinformation undercut U.S. strategy to contain North Korea's nuclear ambitions by using empty threats. "You never know", Trump replied. President Donald Trump then said, "we are sending an armada". "We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted Wednesday that President Donald Trump didn't mislead or misspeak when he indicated last week that an "armada" was steaming toward North Korea in a show of US military might.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said the Vinson was "on her way up" to the region.

As North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un led a huge show of military strength - parading the country's new submarine-based ballistic missiles and carrying out a failed missile test - the flotilla of United States warships was about 3,500 miles away.

Security experts around the world are concerned that such crippling dysfunction and severe lack of communication between the Navy and the White House could have devastating implications in today's tense geopolitical climate. The Times reports defense officials "described a glitch-ridden sequence of events" that led to the reports.

Quoting unnamed South Korean officials, the Herald said: "The strike group will join the South Korean Navy in a massive maritime drill created to counter provocation from the North".

  • Leroy Wright