SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise arrived in South Korea Tuesday for a routine port call, officials said, amid heightened tensions in the region over North Korea’s missile launches.
The Carrier Strike Group 12 led by the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrived at the southern port of Busan, the U.S. Navy in South Korea said in a statement.
The vessel’s visit “has been previously scheduled and it is not in response to any specific event,” the statement said.
The communist North fired seven missiles earlier this month, including one believed capable of reaching the U.S.
The missiles plunged into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula without causing any known damage or injuries, but prompted strong international condemnation.
It wasn’t clear how long the vessel will stay at the port.
Expect to see some nervous behavior from the North Korea as a result of Carrier Strike Group 12 providing a strategic visit to the waters of Korea and Japan. A military dictatorship like N.Korea will amplify the significnce of this naval asset movement irregardless of language in any press release. Whether this will have any impact on missle testing remains to be seen. We think not. It might alter the “direction” in which the tests are performed. Over contental China would be an interesting modification !!