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. Prometheus

    Vietnam was you vs a bully with Mom watching and you listening to her instead of stomping their asses until they said 'Uncle'.

    Don't confuse war with politics Rene.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Prometheus

      The perfect Bully strategy I learned from Firefly:

      "Wash: [over loudspeaker] Every man there go back inside, or we will blow a new crater in this little moon."

      July 20, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. RoninBlaq

    I find it 'funny' how so many non-Americans claim to dislike the US and it's policies, yet they come here on vacations, apply for citizenship, illegally remain in the country, buy American goods, and look for US $ when a disaster strikes.

    Some have asked why do Americans get involved in other countries politics? We have to! Since it's beginnings as a nation the US has made treaties and investments in other governments. Like any partner in a business we check in from time to time to make sure our returns are good. Now this is not to say that profit is the only reason we 'intervene' , but it is a reason. No one wants to send their kid to fight a war, but when an ally, no matter the size asks us to step in, we do it!

    July 20, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Phil

    "Git 'er done"should be the new war motto on a flag with Larry the Cable Guy on the flag! And the flag should be spread across that carrier's flight deck so they can get the message!

    July 20, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hercules

    The South Korean corvette was sunk in March 2010. What took us so long to get there? Guess what? The Russians were there until last week. They did their Vostok-2010 navy exercises which is the first offensive military exercise after the Cold War by the Russian navy. I doubt they have completely left this region. We are in for a showdown. Don’t forget the score stands at 1-NIL against the USA at the moment!

    July 20, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. t550

    And whos mom? Prometheus

    July 20, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alex

    I'd be willing to reenlist if it meant we were going against Korea...Nothing Army boys like better than kicking some Dictators teeth in...if it hadn't been for the media opportunity do you think they would have needed a trial for Saddam? Hck no..gone the way of his sons two in the chest one in the noggin.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Matt

    Every single year we do these war games and every single year this stuff makes news.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gr

    Hey Oddy
    AEGIS If it fly's it Dies....... USAF I can retreat at 500 mph..... Have you counted your Nukes today... lol

    July 20, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. t550

    Anyhow, be humble U.S, not arrogant, and everyone one else will like you. Good night.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. SSG KELLEY

    HOOAH GIVE EM HELL!!!! I would love to join you PUDDLE JUMPERS but I love the sand and dirt tooo much!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Arthur C

    North Korea has the largest military in the word active/reserve. If it came back to a hot war then it would really all depend on the Morale of the people in North Korea. However the first eight hours will see more dead then you all can imagine. There are more artillary pieces aimed at each other across that border then I care to think about, estimate are casualties in the hundreds of thousands from that first day of fighting, sadly mostly civilian. Lets just hope it does not go that far, however keep in mind wars are started over the sinking of a ship much less resumed.

    July 20, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pestilence

    Some very wise and insightful comments yet some that are completely asinine. Ad hominem and poor grammar are terrible forms of argument. Kudos to anyone educated enough to discern the BS from valid materials posted here.

    July 20, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. William Granson

    America DOES NOT start wars or conflicts. We are expected to back up these countries against dictators and the like. We also have treaties that we must fulfill. We do not break our treaties folks.

    July 20, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      William Granson you stated that the US does not break its treaties. There is a Nation of Americans that would disagree with that statement. The whiteman has never honored any treaty it ever made with the Native Americans.

      July 20, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Gr

    I really don't care if we USA are liked! Can't please everyone. Lead, Follow or get out of the Way. Stand for somthing!

    July 20, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Faith

    Your right William. Why is it that we must ask the UN and other countries to join in getting rid of dictators, etc. Maybe we should just come home and if a county needs our power and abilities, HIRE US! If you don't want to be stoned or have your heads cut off by Muslims and taliban, etc. HIRE US! No more police action for free.

    July 20, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
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