Info Wars reports: Two US aircraft carriers along with escort ships have joined the US Navy in the Pacific, ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to East Asia amid soaring tensions around the Korean Peninsula.
The carriers will join the USS Ronald Reagan strike group
The announcements on the USS ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ and USS ‘Nimitz’ aircraft carriers, alongside their carrier groups, joining the US 7th Fleet came on Wednesday within hours of each other. The carriers will join the USS ‘Ronald Reagan’ strike group, which is already operating in the Western Pacific off the Korean Peninsula.
“USS ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ is prepared to carry out the full spectrum of possible missions, from humanitarian relief to combat operations,” the vessel’s commanding officer, Capt. Carlos Sardiello, said. “When a carrier leaves on deployment, we have to be ready for anything.”
The announcements came just ahead of Trump’s scheduled East Asia trip.
The US president has been engaged in a fiery war of words with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. While Trump vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea and punish “little Rocket Man” Kim for his missile and nuclear tests, North Korea has repeatedly threatened to reduce the US to “ashes and darkness.”
The new deployments came as the US and its regional allies, including Japan and South Korea, were conducting joint large-scale naval drills, aimed at strengthening ballistic missile defenses.
Russia and China have long advocated a “double-freeze” plan, which would see North Korea suspend its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in exchange for halting joint US-South Korea military drills. The plan, however, was firmly rejected by the US.
The two additional carrier groups will significantly beef up the capabilities of the US 7th Fleet, which appears to have returned to full-blown naval activities, following the unprecedented “operational pause” announced late in August and the replacement of the fleet’s commander.Read More