July 19th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

U.S. sends carrier to South Korea

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington

The United States is sending the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to South Korea this week in a display of "the strength of our alliance and our constant readiness to defend the Republic of Korea," the ship's commander said Monday.

The visit comes after months of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula after the sinking of a South Korean warship in a torpedo attack in March. A multinational inquiry found North Korea responsible for the attack on the corvette Cheonan, in which 46 South Korean sailors were killed. North Korea has denied any connection with the attack and said it is the victim of an international conspiracy.

Earlier this month, the United Nations formally denounced the sinking of the Cheonan, but did not specifically mention North Korea.

In anticipation of the U.S. announcement, Pyongyang at the weekend said the presence of the carrier would be a "reckless provocation," according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. It said the U.S. and South Korea were trying to save face after suffering a "diplomatic defeat" in the United Nations.

Two U.S. destroyers will also join the George Washington for its call in the port of Busan. A third destroyer will visit Chinhae, U.S. Forces Korea said. The four-day port call begins Wednesday.

"The U.S. Navy maintains a robust forward presence in the Asia-Pacific region and the people of the Republic of Korea are our good friends and allies," George Washington commanding officer Capt. David Lausman said in a statement Monday.

The 97,000-ton George Washington, based in Yokosuka, Japan, is the only U.S. carrier whose home port is outside the United States.

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  1. brown

    Looks like Obama is war mongering again ... geez!

    July 19, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Me, myself and I

    People need to do a little study of history. Is this a show of force? yes of course. Is this a show of force in support of a long time ally and friend? yes. Is this kind of show of force something the United States invented or is it something that nations have used for 100's of years (only using other types of ships of course, lol) in order to send meaningful messages to potential adversaries? Obviously it is something that has been done for some time and obviously it is not something that automatically leads to hostilities.

    This kind of message can actually often help negotiations in that it lets the other side know you are serious and might make them more willing to talk. Of course sometimes it won't work that way, but in those cases you will find the other party wanted a war all along.

    As a side note, if the United States attacked a ship of another nation and sank it, would you consider it an act of aggression and an act of war? Then do you feel the same way about the North Korean attack on the South Korean ship?

    July 19, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    Yeah, right. Sit back and do nothing about it but condemn them... Are you serious? You know why arrogant, vicious people win? Because when they are wronged they don't bend over andtake one for the team. They stick with their gut instinct and stand for them and their allies.

    July 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fig1024

    What would happen if North Korea "accidentally" sank US aircraft carrier? can it be done with a submarine?
    That lil' Kim is crazy enough to do it.

    July 19, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • PLove

      That would be the last accident that nut ever made!

      July 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ryan

    Man, this is really going to mess up Blizzards' plans to release StarCraft 2

    July 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jgood

      Holly crap your right. America please, for the sake of Starcraft dont do it lol. That will be an unforgettible event in history. World war 3 stoped by the release date (If it ever comes darn you Bilzzard) by a computer game. Amazing thought.

      August 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eugene Frank MD

    Having just test flown a 65 million$, see-all fighter jet, we are told that can see Kim Ill go pee, a tiny dart, at that extended target, would save millions from starvation, destruction and even war. We can then honestly say, unlike the Tonkin Golf ball fiasco, you peed first, don't blame us.

    July 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Christina

    Truly scary...

    July 19, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. elliot

    i recollect the USS george washington was off the coast of Long Island right after the 9/11 attacks. it is an awesome looking carrier. all you young folks worried about the US NAVY are not aware what devestation this ship and its carrier group can brought to bear on the fat little nut Kim. Remember, many dictators in the past have come and gone and were of bigger stature (and brains) than this fat little turd. He'll be the first one eating nuclear ash..trust me.

    July 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. manny

    wow! thats some impressive bait. I figure its a way of taunting North Korea into making a move. I think that its not a good idea.

    July 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peter

    I guess people are not reading much news these day.

    1) China is doing a massive military exercise for an unknown amount of time in the Yellow Sea right now in response to the US/SK declaration of exercise in the Yellow Sea

    2) South Korean media outlet somehow "leaked" top US military decision with SK government with the decision to avoid exercise in the Yellow Sea due to China. US military sternly protested the leaked decision and yelled it "false". By the way, using media to "leak" important decision stuff like this is a past time for US civilian media during the Cold War to convey indirect messages and warnings to USSR.

    3) China's ally with NK is not by choice but by the simple of rule of a buffer zone from US controlled South Korea. The same reason that it went to semi-war to help NK applies in anything that violates its "core interest" and "core area" such as the Yellow Sea. They have bad memories of how the West treated it 100+ years ago and they have a long memory of it.

    July 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston

      Russia is having a largest millitary exercise since re-established, in the region north and east of Korea right now. It includes Army, Air Force, and Navy from different parts of Russia.

      July 20, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. cimon

    May I remind everyone. This Earth is a living thing. There are many invisible forces to make what all people to exist in this planet. Just to mention gravitational force, magnectic force, electrical force, and the infinity of the light spectrum. Basically we are all link together. Find a way that we are all coexist. Or else, you know.... disease will form from within. Take a look a good look inside your body. All organs and even cancer cells, they all have to coexist and support each others. You mess with any single organ, it will affect others. So people find a solution people. No more I don't like North or South and east or west. Get rid of weapons..... and United States will be unconditional first to dis arms. Don't even say..... Is never going to happen. It is already enough of kill, murder, exterminate, 007 eraser, instigate, covert, and so on. What we all are doing right now is direct or indirect affect our children that in the name well called it LOVE. Everything large or small we do will have a consequences. Nobody in this world is bad or good. Let's all sit down and work it all out.

    July 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pierce

      Isn't there a rule against posting while high?

      July 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      If only humans are such simpilistic creatures, there will be no such wars. But we are not and we have to deal with our human nature of strife

      July 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. norte

    You american need to win war in afghanistan first before you can fight NK. You are only fighting for less than 500 talibans with thousands of american soldiers but till now you cant win..

    July 19, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Yeah. You need to win in english class. Where you from? What has your country ever done? Lose to the US? Probably.

      July 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • norte

      Can you tell me which war does US won, without the help of other countries? and how many american soldiers or allies died in iraq and afghan?

      July 19, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. slantbob

    we are going back because just like in football, nobody likes a tie

    July 19, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chuck

    Oddly. What kind of crack is that? What is non moving and easy to hit?... an Air Force Base! The Presidents of past and present have always used the Navy to bring in a show of force when a message needs to be sent quickly and effectively. If they wanted the Air Force to do it they would have to wait till they built an Officers club then a NCO club then the single room barracks with the HDTV and the little refrigerators, then the BX and the Movie Theater, then the Gym with the indoor swimming pool. After all that the base Commanding Officer has to go back and ask the Pentagon for more money to build the DAMN runway for the planes. FLY NAVY.

    July 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Q

    I think it's important to realize that this isn't a call to war. These ships will not act against NK unless NK does something that warrants the U.S. to uphold its treaty with South Korea. Since as of late, that possibility seems more likely than in recent years, these ships need to be within range to act fast enough to make a statement about how the U.S. honors its treaties

    July 19, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
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