(National Sentinel) Korea: The Pentagon is sending a third aircraft carrier strike group to the western Pacific, to waters near the Korean peninsula, as a warning to North Korea to end its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, Voice of America is reporting.
VOA noted further:
The USS Nimitz, one of the world’s largest warships, will join two other supercarriers, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan, in the western Pacific, the sources told VOA’s Steve Herman.
The U.S. military has rarely simultaneously deployed three aircraft carriers to the same region.
But North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat is seen as a major security challenge for President Donald Trump, who has vowed to prevent the country from being able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear missile, a capability experts say Pyongyang could have some time after 2020.
To put the rarity of having three carrier strike groups in the same region in context, the U.S. Navy has 11 carriers in service, and for a time in late December-early January, there were no carriers deployed anywhere in the world, while generally there are generally only 3-4, while others are in port for repairs and refitting.
The president has made it clear he will not allow North Korea to develop nuclear-tipped ICBM’s that are capable of striking the United States.
Last week the irresponsible New York Times leaked secret information involving the addition of a second ballistic missile submarine the Pentagon had ordered to join existing naval forces off the Korean coast.
Clearly, since the U.S. cannot maintain a three-carrier presence in any location for any length of time given the Navy’s global commitments, it is a good bet that Trump is preparing to tighten the screws against the North, which could include massive air- and missile strikes.