US aircraft carrier group expected off Korea at end of April
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 20:43
Over the past couple of weeks, speculation about an imminent USA attack on North Korea has centered heavily around the USS Carl Vinson's carrier strike group, which White House officials had hyped as having been sent to the Sea of Japan to send a "powerful message".
An image from the United States military dated on Saturday show the carrier on a "scheduled deployment" at the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, several hundred kilometres south of Singapore. It's about 3,500 miles from Korea.
The US Navy does not officially confirm the whereabouts of its warships for security reasons. Off the record, several officials expressed wonderment at the persistent reports that the Vinson was already nearing Korea.
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. -Korean Foal Eagle exercises.
The strike group, including the 97,000-ton carrier and its 60-plus aircraft, the guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy and the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, will arrive off the Korean Peninsula by the end of April, multiple USA defense officials told CNN. -South Korea war games.
But as of Saturday, the Vinson group was nowhere near the region.
The USS Reagan is undergoing maintenance in Japan, scheduled for complete in May.
And on Friday, North Korean staff threatened to destroy USA warships in the event of an attack. Multiple US defense officials told CNN that Mattis had inadvertently misspoke and that it was a port visit in Australia that was canceled to allow for the group's redeployment to the waters near the Korean Peninsula.
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on 11 April said the Vinson was "on her way up" to the peninsula.
"We are sending an armada, very powerful", Trump told Fox Business News, warning that Kim Jong Un "is doing the wrong thing".