Monday, April 10, 2017

U.S. Reroutes Warships Toward Korean Peninsula in Show of Force

The aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and other warships during an exercise last month in the Philippine Sea. The Vinson and three guided-missile destroyers and cruisers are now heading toward the Korean Peninsula. Credit Matt Brown/U.S. Navy        

WASHINGTON — The commander of American forces in the Pacific has ordered an aircraft carrier and several other warships toward the Korean Peninsula in a show of force by the Trump administration just days after North Korea tested another intermediate-range missile.

The officer, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the head of the military’s Pacific Command, diverted the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and its wing of fighter jets from a planned series of exercises and port calls in Australia, the command said in a statement. The Vinson and three guided-missile destroyers and cruisers steamed out of Singapore on Saturday for their new mission in the Western Pacific.

Carrier Strike Group One (CSG-1 or CARSTRKGRU 1)

U.S. Navy carrier strike group. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the strike group's current flagship, and other units current assigned to Carrier Strike Group One include USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) NCPN c/s Revolution, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) NAWB, USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2,

CVW-2 Airwing deployed includes the following squadrons:

VFA-2  Bounty Hunters F/A-18F/NE c/s Bullet
VFA-34  Blue Blasters F/A-18C/NE c/s Joker
VFA-137  Kestrels F/A-18E/NE c/s Falcon
VFA-192  Golden Dragons F/A-18E/NE c/s Jury
VAW-113  Black Eagles E-2C 2000 c/s Eagle
VAQ-136  Gauntlets EA-18G/NE c/s Iron Crow
VRC-30 Det P roviders C-2A c/s Password
HSC-4  Black Knights MH-60S c/s Black Knights
HSM-78  Blue Hawks MH-60R c/s Blue Hawk