NEW YORK / SEOUL – Contrary to US President Donald Trump’s remarks about sending USS carrier Carl Vinson (CVN 70) to the East Sea ten days ago, Has taken “an opposite direction to participate in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean,” according to a report published by the New York Times (NYT) on Monday (local time).
According to the US daily, the White House said that the order to send the aircraft carrier to the East Sea could send a powerful signal to counter North Korea, while President Trump told Fox News in the afternoon of the same day that “we send an armada.”
But the US carrier and three warships from Singapore on April 8 to the Korean peninsula, according to a statement by US Defense Secretary James Mattis on April 11, were in the Strait of Georgia. Probe in Indonesia.
If the US Navy did not broadcast a photo of the aircraft carrier passing through the Strait between the Java Islands and Sumatra on April 15, everyone would have thought the armada was heading Towards the Korean peninsula to enter the waters of the East Sea.
With the order to dispatch President Trump’s air carrier and the many media repercussions on an arrival around April 15, the Day of the Sun in North Korea, marking the 105th anniversary of the country’s founder, Kim Il-sung, The tensions around the Korean Peninsula marked their peak.
But at that very moment, the aircraft carrier in question, the USS Carl Vinson, was in the Sound Strait, according to a scattered photo and a legend stating that “USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is in transit in The Strait of the Sound. A deployment in the western Pacific of the carrier battle group of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is planned “.
While it is almost 4,830 km from the Korean peninsula, the arrival of the American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Eastern Sea would take place around April 25th. Indeed, this date was confirmed yesterday by a senior official of the South Korean government.
The misunderstanding was issued by the US Navy’s 3rd Fleet which issued a press release on April 9 indicating that Commander Harry B. Harris Jr. ordered the aircraft carrier to leave Singapore for sea navigation in the Pacific According to the report of the American daily.
“What the navy did not say is that the USS Carl Vinson should complete another mission before heading north. The joint exercises had been planned long ago with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, “explained the NYT.