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. Rick B.

    The irony here! They are sending a carrier to support an Alliance, the name of the carrier, George Washington, named after the man who warned AGAINST entangling alliance's!!!

    July 19, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. grace

    This will just be the beginning to an end. It's so sad of the mess this world is in and how they think that wars will bring satisfaction....never! Everyone is waiting to see who will be the one to start a war with nukes. I think Iran and N Korea are fighting for 1st place.....ego thing.

    July 19, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 3cm

    SOUTH KOREA-GO GET YOUR NORTH
    NO WALLS NO BORDERS

    July 19, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ann

    My son is in the Army, on the ground near the dmz. Im worried that because N.Korea's power is mostly on land with it's huge Army. They may not be able to reach the ships but what about the guys on land?

    July 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    This is the ONLY instance in which I agree w/ a buildup of forces in any region. Kim Jong Ill has done absolutely nothing in the way of promoting peace. He will kidnap Americans in order to use them as political bait. HIs county has undoubtedly fired the first shot against an allies' naval vessel and tried to distort the empirical facts of what has happend. He will build nuclear enrichment facilities under the disguise of nuclear power. He has kicked out all IAEA representatives. The stability of the country in its leadership is under constant uncertainty with an ever aging dictator. Please tell me when to stop giving example after example of why we should not increase our presence in that region. I did not say in any way start a war. INCREASE our military presence in the event that an already trigger happy dictator starts any conflict against our allies. WAKE THE HELL UP!! This isn't made up propaganda about WMDs from a tyrant who had in no capacity the ability for war following the first Gulf war.

    July 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ann

    I should have said he's a US Soldier stationed in S.Korea.

    July 19, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. military brat

    the few posts in the know said it correctly.............routine, routine, routine....... military planners don't do things on the fly.
    if you've been drinking or smoking weed, please don't bother posting

    'you can't handle the truth'

    July 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. renji1

    pfff.....this won't do a damn bit of good... the DPRK knows we wouldn't dare attack it, China would retaliate with overwhelming strength

    July 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Xyzzzzz

    Personly i thinking these usa action have lethal injections toward the NK leeders. With the Kim Jeong IL Sr loosing healthy days his number one son is in line for powers. This making the usa men getting nervus as tension increase. Chinese men watching closely as ever, becaus theys fear a renewable war in koreas will have bad effects on relations. No people know how the Russians are thinking about....keeping qiuet and lowly profiled. Fuses are shortened more daily, and fire is lighting up getting close to boom.

    July 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xyzzzzz

      ...also...NK sinkingk SK submarines helping nothing....

      July 19, 2010 at 11:57 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 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. t550

    WW3

    July 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston

      No, Don't worry. 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 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nisroc

    Oh God help us, this is WWII waiting to begin.

    July 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • renji1

      WWIII you mean right?

      July 19, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Don't worry, FDR has our backs.

      July 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. renji1

    woh, don't bring russia into this, they have no involvment

    July 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston

      Just to let you know. 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 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Anst

    Hey Kimbo and Kimbaby

    You could regard this vessel as the USS International Conspiracy.

    Try sinking this baby and you could discover what's meant by car-park diplomacy.

    July 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. t550

    I like the U.S. But quite frankly; your cowards without your money and missiles!

    July 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • renji1

      i'm american and i agree with you 100%

      July 20, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      You're right, thank God we had those stealth bombers and predator drones to get us through WW I, II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and all those others

      July 20, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • rayemlls

      WE(THE USA) HAVE MONEY?!?

      July 20, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. JustMe

    What the world needs is to be run by women...there is way to much Testosterone not only in this room but everywhere. LMAO us women would use words and nails not BOMBS...See what a pretty place we would live ; )

    July 20, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Smith in Oregon

      Yeah but for 1 week a month you would be the biggest b_tch around!

      July 20, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
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