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US DEPLOYS TWO MORE AIRCRAFT CARRIER STRIKE GROUPS TOWARD KOREAN PENINSULA: MEDIA

050525-N-0413R-187 Pacific Ocean (May 25, 2005) - The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) leads ships attached to the Nimitz Strike Group and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in formation during a photo exercise in the Pacific Ocean. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is currently on a regular scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Shannon E. Renfroe (RELEASED)

Pacific Ocean (May 25, 2005) – The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) leads ships attached to the Nimitz Strike Group and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in formation during a photo exercise in the Pacific Ocean. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is currently on a regular scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Shannon E. Renfroe (RELEASED)

The US has ordered in a total of three aircraft carrier strike groups toward the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s primary news outlet, Yonhap, has reported citing a source in the South Korean government. (LINK)

According to Yonhap, the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan carrier strike group and the CVN-68 Nimitz carrier strike group will enter the Sea of Japan next week. Meanwhile, the CVN-70 Carl Vinson carrier strike group will arrive South Korea’s coast at the same time (allegedly on April 25).

Yonhap’s source added that the US and South Korea are considering to launch a joint naval drills in the area. This drills will allegedly involve the US carrier strike groups.

If confirmed, the move will further escalate the already tense situation in the Korean Peninsula.



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