U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea as warning to North Korea

An imposing U.S. aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea on Friday for its first concerted drills with the South Korean Navy near the promontory in five years, as the allies are seeking to support deterrence against evolving North Korean military threats.

The nuclear- powered USS Ronald Reagan docked at ROK Fleet Command in Busan, 390 kilometers south of Seoul, amid worries about the possibility of the North carrying a nuclear test or other provocations. ROK stands for South Korea’s sanctioned name, Republic of Korea.

The appearance of the carrier, a centerpiece of America’s nonmilitary muscle, came after president Yoon Suk- yeol and Joe Biden reaffirmed their commitment to deploy U.S. strategic means in a” timely and coordinated manner as necessary” during their peak in Seoul in May.

” The deployment of the carrier then’s designed to demonstrate the robustness of the South Korea-U.S. alliance, and discourage North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats,” a Seoul functionary told Yonhap News Agency on condition of obscurity.

Its carrier strike group consists of three vessels– the Nimitz- class carrier; USS Chancellorsville, a Ticonderoga- class guided- bullet sportfisherman; and USS Barry, an Arleigh Burke- class guided bullet destroyer.

The three warships plan to join the combined drills off South Korea’s east seacoast latterly this month. The nuclear- powered USS Annapolis submarine is also anticipated to take part.

Commissioned in July 2003, the 97,000- ton, 333- meter-long Ronald Reagan is America’s only forward- stationed aircraft carrier. Since 2015, the supercarrier has been grounded in the Japanese megacity of Yokosuka, which is home to theU.S. 7th Fleet.

Ronald Reagan can carry over,000 mariners as well as redoubtable on- board means, including F/A-18E Super Hornets, and E-2D Hawkeye early warning and control aircraft.

The strike group cruises with 33 mates and allies for bilateral or multinational maritime exercises and operations, according to the U.S. Navy. In 2021, the carrier was stationed to support the pullout of U.S. troops and others from Afghanistan.

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