U.S. said to deploy two more aircraft carriers to Korean region

U.S. said to deploy two more aircraft carriers to Korean region
USS Ronald Reagan steams in formation with strike group and South Korean ships in Oct 2015. (Image: USN, Nathan Burke via S&S)

[Ed. – Not impossible, although on the face of it, it seems unlikely.  USS Carl Vinson is already in the Far East.  USS Ronald Reagan would be coming out of Yokosuka, Japan — current homeport — and would thus not be making a colossal out-of-schedule move.  USS Nimitz just finished COMPTUEX off San Diego, which now counts as the final exercise in the abbreviated inter-deployment training cycle.  She was scheduled to deploy in the next few weeks anyway.  At 30 knots, Nimitz and a shotgun could get to the Sea of Japan in a week from Bremerton, where presumably the ship will stop before heading west.  At a more stately 18 knots, it would take 10 days.  Definitely no scenic detours to Hawaii.]

According to a report by South Korea’s primary news outlet, Yonhap, the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the Korean Peninsula, citing a South Korean government source.

Yonhap reports that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson, which is expected to arrive off the South Korean coast on April 25, the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan – currently in home port in Yokosuka, Japan – and the CVN-68 Nimitz carrier group – currently undergoing final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise off Oregon – will enter the Sea of Japan next week.  According to the senior government official. the US and South Korea are discussing joint drills, which will include the three aircraft carriers and other ships.

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