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. t550

    Alone?

    July 20, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. t550

    Ryan, come on.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. t550

    Ryan, your the cowards I am talking about.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      LOL, says the guy who doesn't even use his first name. Don't even try to start something here or with me, quite frankly you aren't worth my time. This will be my last message to you.

      July 20, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Ya Ryan, because if you had a real set, you use your last name to. Coward. Before calling someone else out.

      July 20, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hee-Jung

    Yeah, baby! Show those punks in the UN how it's done!!

    July 20, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. renji1

    the UN was established for a reason.... to solve problems diplomatically... not through weapons

    July 20, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Paulo

      Unfortunately no one ever respected that, specially the US and Israel. The UN is and always was, a sad Circus.

      July 20, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. t550

    Good night bud, and my name is Rene.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Jacob

      haha. no wonder you won't use your name t550!

      July 20, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Hello Rene!

      July 20, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. a guy from canada, eh

    most people dislike the US because of their military presence in the worlds hotspots, but why dont we consider this in a positive manner? there is no definite sign of aggression, although an aircraft carrier is somewhat an act of aggression. i mean all these wars had a purpose and at one point they were doing some work, now they just bother me because when i watch the news i hear about more people dying.. innocent canadian, british, american, NATO soldiers. alot of people are probably going to comment saying 'they are not innocent they kill innocent people' blablabla. im not here to discuss this.
    i promote peace, but i see the reasoning people use to go to war, as long as it is to defend their country. also, i am an admire of the military and i must say the US army is pretty powerful, their presence anywhere in the world is going to have a significant impact on the road towards the climax event. if anything happens (which i hope it wont) the world will suffer great consequences. im worried, very worried:/ lets just hope nothing happens!

    out of all this id rather people see it in a differenct perspective, they are just their to establish some stability. nothing will happen.. hopefully.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. t550

    The U.N was formed by the US and Brittan, dont expect much from it.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. steve

    just send 1 F-22 over there

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

    I can't remember the person who said this but I believe it wholeheartedly from experience with a few bullies myself.

    "The most understanding and peaceful person you will ever meet is someone who's ass you kicked."

    GO-GO-GO USS George Washington!

    July 20, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. a guy from canada, eh

    btw, why is everyone talking about nukes? its the army thats the problem (if any) not the millions of appressed and starving people?

    July 20, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. t550

    Vietnam sure knows what you are talking about Prometheus.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joseph Peterson

    This is great. Maybe the U.S. Federal Government can get us involved in a third war. Iraq & Afghanistan are no longer keeping the voters focused. Gotta love those Feds.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. renji1

    maybe in Canada, but not in the real world

    July 20, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. GatorNavy66

    Why don't we try and solve our problems in America, before we go and try to solve the world problems. I'm a Viet Nam vet and have served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years (retired now). Americans are in desperate need of jobs and money. But lets use the money for other countries first.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Prometheus

      BTW Gator, that was directed at Rene, and not yourself.

      July 20, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
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