United States Ramping Up Naval Vessels in Western Pacific

Oct 12, 2017

The United States is sending another aircraft carrier to the western Pacific. The USS Theodore Roosevelt left San Diego last week and is steaming towards the Korean Peninsula. The ship will take a few weeks to cross the Pacific. The aircraft carrier has 7,500 Marines and sailors on board. Admiral Steve Koehler called the service members “ready as a war fighting force.” The USS Theodore Roosevelt will join the USS Ronald Reagan. The Reagan is conducting joint exercises with the Japanese military near Okinawa. The Reagan will steam towards the Korean Peninsula later in October and take part in joint exercises with the South Korean military. Six U.S. planes, including two bombers, flew over the Korean Peninsula Tuesday in a show of force. The Trump administration has speculated that military action may be the only way to resolve the North Korean missile crisis.