Monday, November 29, 2010

North Korea Gets Something to Think About

Waters West of Korean Peninsula (NNS) -- The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) entered the waters west of the Korean peninsula to participate in a combined military exercise with the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Nov. 28.

The exercise is part of the series announced at the 2 + 2 meetings in July and is scheduled to run until Dec. 1.

"While this exercise, which is defensive in nature, has been planned for some time, it underscores the importance of the ROK-U.S. alliance and our collective commitment to regional security and stability," said Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd, Commander, Task Force 70.

The purpose of the four-day exercise is to enhance the readiness and interoperability of ROK and U.S. forces during routine operations in international waters and airspace. Both militaries have conducted similar exercises together in recent months on both sides of the peninsula.

The exercise will include more than 7,000 personnel, 11 ships and a variety of aircraft to include F-18 Super Hornets, F-16C Fighting Falcons, A-10C Thunderbolt II, F-15Ks and KF-16s.

The ships involved include: the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), with embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5); the guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63); the guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Stethem (DDG 63), and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62); and several ships and aircraft from the ROK.

The two nations will conduct air defense and surface warfare readiness training, communications and data link drills and subject matter expert exchanges during the course of the four-day exercise.

All the above from the US NAVY at


Anonymous said...

That is one big boat! Cool pic Cedar.

Anonymous said...

Cedar where was this photo taken? You should note that on the copy. Just sayin...

Anonymous said...

Like the US is in any position to intervene in Korea..we're having a tough time in Afghanistan who doesn't even have a central army or gov't, nor does the US public have the stomach for another war.
China owns the region, and thus the US's interests here.
Whatever China says is now the word of law in SE Asia, which is the price we have to pay to continue to get cheap toys and electronics.
N Korea could launch a nuclear attack and there's nothing the US could do to prevent it, nor would we be in position to protect "our" interests, such as S Korea, or down the road, Taiwan.
We sold our soul to the Devil, now there's no looking back.

Anonymous said...

2:22 You are so correct. Though I think shock and awe would be cool for a couple on nights now that DWTS is over.