That 'Armada' Heading To North Korea? Actually, It Sailed South
Apr 23 2017
Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy said Friday that a Carl Vinson fighter pilot safely ejected during training in the Celebes Sea and was rescued by a helicopter without suffering injuries. However, it turns out the carrier is in fact on its way to the Indian Ocean, some 56-hundred kilometers away from the peninsula, to participate in a naval exercise with Australia.
However, photos posted on Navy.mil on April 15 showed the carrier and its accompanying ships near Indonesia's Sunda Strait, which is about 3,500 miles from the Korean Peninsula.
US Vice President Mike Pence visits the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea.
"After departing Singapore on April 8 and canceling a scheduled port visit to Perth, the Strike Group was able to complete a curtailed period of previously scheduled training with Australia in worldwide waters off the northwest coast of Australia", a U.S. Pacific Command spokesperson told the Post in a statement.
While on its final approach to land on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, a US pilot was ejected from this aircraft.
The flotilla, led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, had left Singapore for an undisclosed destination on April 9, just days after Trump ordered missiles into Syria, and it was assumed to be headed for the Korean peninsula. "It is happening, rather". And I will say this: "He is doing the wrong thing", Trump added, referring to Kim Jong Un. During a White House press briefing last week, Sean Spicer, when asked about the decision to send the strike force to North Korea, claimed the move to be a deterrent.
But the Vinson was not immediately headed north.
South Korean presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo told The Wall Street Journal of the carrier mix-up: "What Mr. Trump said was very important for the national security of South Korea".
AMERICA'S allies in Asia were silent yesterday over confusion about a U.S. aircraft carrier group supposed to be heading toward North Korea in a show of force, but actually completing training exercises in Australia.
This counters the U.S. Pacific Command's announcement that it was approaching waters near the Korean Peninsula.
On April 11, the US Navy said it would take at least a week for the strike group to arrive at the desired location. "After departing Singapore on April 8 and cancelling a scheduled port visit to Perth, the Strike Group was able to complete a curtailed period of previously scheduled training with Australia in worldwide waters off the northwest coast of Australia. That's a fact, it happened", Spicer said.