It all started a long time ago but, officially it all started back when USSS Carl Vinson led a strike group to the Korean Peninsula to face the threat that North Korea announced. Then, President Donald Trump intervened and ordered another aircraft carrier to join them in the Sea of Japan.
But, this all goes to deep water because North Korea’s leader, Kim is increasing the tensions in the area. In order to ensure that he would not go further with his evil plans, President Trump now, released the third carrier this week towards the Pacific.
The USS Nimitz – will leave her home base at Kitsap-Bremerton in Washington this week to join them across the Pacific.
The Nimitz will lead Carrier Strike Group 11, which includes guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup and USS Kidd from Naval Station Everett, guided-missile destroyers USS Howard and USS Pinckney and guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton from San Diego, and a conglomeration of aircraft squadrons that comprise Carrier Air Wing 11, including Naval Air Station Whidbey Island-based Gray Wolves of Electronic Attack Squadron 142.
The deployment of the Vinson, Reagan and Nimitz to the same region is extremely rare, especially absent any active or imminent military action. But President Trump has vowed to prevent the country from being able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile.
The North seems unfazed by the snow of force, promising to increase their testing of their ballistic missile and nuclear technology.
After returning from its last deployment, the Nimitz underwent a 20-month maintenance and modernization period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard that was completed in October. It has spent most of the past seven months at sea undergoing training and inspections in preparation for deployment. Now the ship and crew are ready to go, said commanding officer Capt. Kevin Lenox.
“I am so incredibly proud of the entire Nimitz team and the terrific coordination and support across the entire strike group, especially in such a condensed training cycle,” he said in a news release. “The crew stepped up to the plate, and I’m confident we’re ready to meet whatever challenges lie ahead on our upcoming deployment.”
Currently, there are 10 aircraft carriers in service. They all are Nimitz- class. The one USS Gerald R. Ford is a completed supercarrier but is not commissioned.