U.S. 'Armada' to Stay in East Sea After N.Korean Missile Test

  • By Yang Seung-sik

    May 16, 2017 12:33

    A U.S. Navy strike group headed by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson will remain in the East Sea and western Pacific for the time being after North Korea's latest missile test, a Navy source here said Monday.

    The strike group, dubbed an "armada" by U.S. President Donald Trump, was scheduled to leave this week. It is engaged in exercises with the South Korean Navy right now. 

    The source said the movements of strike groups are decided by the White House National Security Council.

    The Vinson armada was supposed to hand patrols over to the USS Ronald Reagan, another nuclear-powered aircraft carrier returning to the job after months of maintenance, but now both will likely be in action here.

    The U.S. has previously deployed two naval armadas only in the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East. 

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