Monday, July 19, 2010

[US Department of Defense Press Release] So it's official...

USS George Washington, the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier will visit the Korean port of Busan July 21 to 25, U.S. Forces Korea officials announced today.

In addition to USS George Washington, three destroyers from its strike group will also visit
Korean ports. USS McCampbell and USS John S. McCain will visit Busan, and USS Lassen will visit Chinhae.

"The U.S. Navy maintains a robust forward presence in the Asia-Pacific region and the people of the Republic of Korea are our good friends and allies," said George Washington commanding officer Capt. David Lausman. "Our presence here is a testament to the strength of our alliance and our constant readiness to defend the Republic of Korea."

I wonder if the USS George Washington will end up really deploying for exercises in the Yellow Sea or if they will bow to Chinese pressure and deploy in the East Sea(Sea Of Japan). Anyways, it's a nice way for South Koreans to see what a true friend does when attacked -- unlike the dithering on the part of the Chinese...

Who says the U.S. presence in Northeast Asia is destabilizing?

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