USS George Washington Leads Group of US Warships To South Korea

By on Nov 26, 2010 in Current Events, Events, United States, World Comments
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After North Korea attacked a South Korean island, several news sites reported today that the USS George Washington, a US aircraft carrier is now leading a group of US warships on their way to the Yellow Sea. The group will undertake four days of joint military exercises with South Korea starting on Sunday.

This sends a message to the people of South Korea that the United States is committed to their defense. “First and foremost, beefing up our military presence and holding these joint exercises … is intended to signal to our allies that we stand behind them,” Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington was quoted saying.

“This exercise is defensive in nature. While planned well before yesterday’s unprovoked artillery attack, it demonstrates the strength of the [US-South Korea] Alliance and our commitment to regional stability through deterrence. It is also designed to improve our military interoperability,” U.S. Forces Korea said on Wednesday.

According to reports, the USS George Washington carries 75 aircraft, has a crew of more than 6,000 and is nuclear-powered.

The military exercises will be conducted between November 28 and December 1, 2010.

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