USS Carl Vinson visits S. Korean port city in move sure to irk the North
BUSAN, South Korea — The nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson docked at the southern port city of Busan on Wednesday in a port visit sure to irk North Korea.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, with about 5,500 crew members, has been operating in waters off the divided peninsula as part of joint war games between the allies known as Foal Eagle.
North Korea already has criticized the Carl Vinson’s participation, warning it would stage “merciless ultra-precision strikes” if the carrier violates its sovereignty.
Guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer also pulled into Busan on Wednesday.
The commander of U.S. Forces Korea, Gen. Vincent Brooks, and South Korea’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Lee Sun-jin, visited the Carl Vinson as it conducted patrols on Sunday.
“The USS Carl Vinson’s presence is another tangible example of how the [South Korean-U.S.] alliance continues to enhance interoperability and key capabilities to ensure security and stability on the Korean peninsula and the region,” Brooks said in a statement.
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