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. Brandon

    Don't worry about the carrier. Deterrence has its privileges.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    Is not a secret, when I was in the Navy on the Kittyhawk, we went to Busan (Pusan) all the time. Is a normal port, nothing to report here.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matt

    Unfortunately the USA is continuing on its war mongering path, which will in time no doubt lead to its total destruction as a nation.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. You_are_idiots

    You are all idiots...this happens every year with the Ulchi Focus Lens exercise and is not due to any recent activities. The Navy shows the flag around the world all the time...let it go...

    July 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      let the missles go!

      July 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lagos Ramirez

    Amazing how the tone has shifted. If Bush had done the same thing, people would be accusing him of trying to provoke NK into an attack, as an excuse to invade.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phillip

    its all over with now!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anton

    Missing the point!

    Re-assessing, Re-engagement in South East Asia not against North Korea but their natural ally China. Its a show of force towards the rising China. It must something the US command needs to double down. North Korea is morally bankrupt and its being sanguinely alive because China is asserting its economic muscle. The response is the only one possible for now. If China feels threaten it would retaliate against US interests (Taiwan, South Korea) in that order. It would be first in "words", "policies", " on line economic warfare", real economic warfare, finally some type of military buildup which could trigger a proxy war of sorts. My take.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SkyKing169

      North Korea apparently
      already shot first. We
      just didn't see them do it.
      Try it again, North Korea,
      while we're watching. Even better, shoot at us. After threatening the world with nuclear weapons, we'll have n choice but to see that North Korea will be smooth as glass.

      July 20, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Phil

    USS George Washington battle-group's deployment motto should be: "We cannot tell a lie ... we gonna kick some a$$!!"
    HMC(FMF), USN, Ret

    July 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SkyKing169

    It's about friggin' time!
    Routine port of call,
    except for Kim Jong Il's
    constnat sabre rattling.
    Someone needs to staned up to him, and we're the ones with the guts to do it.
    Git 'r done!!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      "Git 'er done"should be the new war motto on a flag with Larry the Cable Guy on the flag!

      July 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. VJ N

    North Korea

    We are heading the same way Soviet Union Got bankrupt and finally disintigrated

    Why we even bother in matter of other countries let them fight each other and clean up the mess on the earth.

    Man lets ask Obama to give all this money to us Americans, so we can enjoy six packs of beer, go go bar, etc and bring the economy back on track.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crista

      Ha ha ha,thats a good one

      July 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SkyKing169

    Barack "Dirty Harry" Obama to Kim Jong "Looney Tunes" Il:to Kim Jong "looney Tunes" Il:

    "Go ahead,
    Make my day."

    "Don't tread on me."

    July 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paulo

    You all must be dreaming! Saying it would be a brief war is a nonsense! Look at the mess you made at Iraq and Afghanistan and then sit back and think for a while. You didn't win in Vietnam and you would probably not win again when you'd send your ground troops in. When the war broke out, NK was expecting military equipment from the Soviets but Stalin denied it (as he had talks with Kim Il Sung in order not to start that war at that time, because of the US presence). Now they had half a century to invest in their military only! They might not be that developed but it would be stupid if the US got involved in this.

    If China got involved, it would surely not be "little bit more". You'd be crushed by them. 50 years ago all they had was a huge amount of men, nowadays they have that, technology pairing yours and training. Plus, they are familiar with the battleground and they have a significant border with NK. You have the Pacific Ocean in between.

    Last but not the least, it's not speaking of going to war with this country or that country that will clean you war mongering image you, the US, have. Stop it at once, otherwise one day you'll probably be at war with all countries in the world!

    July 19, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Shut up, you moron. We have a treaty with S. Korea which we are sworn to aid. We don't have a choice, but to be there so shove off

      July 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |

      Well said, but watch how those who disagree with you quickly resort to unbased arrogance or even bad words. Your words are like salt sprinkled on the wounds of an injured monster who in its final moments of power desperately tries to smash everything around him... the imperialistic monster of old.

      July 20, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Paulo

      Sure, I'm from Portugal so I'm TERRIFIED if the North Korean regime falls. I know you are their allies but that mean you'll protect SK or attack NK? These are quite different ways of seeing it. If you are not smart enough to understand it, then I'm done with you. Time will prove I'm right.

      By the way, your alliances mean nothing. You are one of our oldest allies, still you had plans to support a Spanish invasion when the fascist regime fell, back in the 70's. Nice way of honoring your commitments, you so arrogantly self-called "freedom fighters"! You planned to invade a sovereign country, which by the way was your ally, in order to put the fascist dictatorship back in power with the help of Franco's Spanish Fascist ruler! And it's not the unique case. Shame on you!

      July 20, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pete

    WHile Obama is President, it's a display of "the strength of our alliance and our constant readiness to defend the Republic of Korea" - if a Republican was President it would be, "an offensive display of aggression and saber rattling."

    July 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eli Harold

    Yeah, just what we need one more war, as if 3 that are costing us 20 billion a month aren't enough. Change my a$$.

    July 19, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • SkyKing169

      Hey, look at all the people
      we keep employed!
      We won't pay to keep our
      roads repaired, or bridges
      or locks and dams, or parks, or water systems, or sewer systems, but the military always has strong emotional support. So with legislators without the guts to do what we need to save ourselves, let the military do it – employe people that is. Lots of businesses living off the military.
      Would you pay another $300 per year to save $750 per year in car repairs? Probably not. But would you object to $300 for our brave soldiers? Most Americans would say that's OK. Since the House and Senate don't have the gut to do what is necessary, go for it Mr. President. Let Kim Jong Il make our day!

      July 20, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. pkfops

    Lets go get them guys.

    July 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
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