A second US aircraft carrier is currently on its way toward the North Korean peninsula, in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson strike-group which is already on location. CNN reports that the US Navy is now deploying USS Ronald Reagan to help with mitigating that crazy fat kid’s nuclear/ICBM program.
The two US aircraft carriers will conduct training exercises together, thus making Kim Jong-un even more nervous than he already is. Truth be told, just one state of the art aircraft carrier would have been sufficient to deal with North Korea’s ancient military, but having two “parked” in the Korean Peninsula signifies that the new White House administration is all-in, or maybe who knows, it marks an incremental step in the reality-show/kabuki theater that is the geopolitical game in the area.
The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier departed Yokosuka-Japan on Tuesday, after it completed its maintenance period and it’s now heading toward the Korean Peninsula. Once the second US aircraft carrier will arrive in the region, it will conduct dual carrier training exercises with its Carl Vinson counterpart, focusing on their ability to safely launch/recover aircraft, thus training for combat missions involving North Korea’s capital.
According to an official statement from Rear Admiral Charles Williams:
“Coming out of a long in-port maintenance period we have to ensure that Ronald Reagan and the remainder of the strike group are integrated properly as we move forward,”
CVN-76 Ronald Reagan is a 1092 ft long vessel carrying a crew of 4539 and it harbors approximately 60 aircraft. The aircraft carrier was commissioned to the US Navy back in 2003 and it costed the US taxpayers $8.5 billion.