As tensions reach a
fever pitch between the US and North Korea, with Pyongyang
intentions to fire missiles towards the US territory of Guam,
the US Navy has continued to patrol and span the entire Pacific
ocean with power and reach unparalleled on earth.
Near Japan, within a short steam of Guam and the Korean
Peninsula, sits the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike and
the guided-missile destroyers and cruisers in its strike group.
The Reagan’s strike group is the only forward-based aircraft
carrier in the US’s arsenal and trains specifically for
Asia-Pacific-specific missions. One of the destroyers in the
group recently conducted freedom of navigation
operation against excessive Chinese maritime claims in the South
Further south, in the Singapore Strait, the USS America, one of a
new class of small deck aircraft carriers packed with V-22
Ospreys, and Harrier jump jets, and Marines ready with
landing crafts to take any beach, is making its way to the Middle
East, according to the US
Near Eastern Australia, the the Naval Institute notes that the
USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious readiness group (like a carrier
strike group but for the smaller carriers) has the same aircraft
setup but increased well decks and landing craft to launch
Marines to take any beach in the world.
Each of these carrier groups sails with guided-missile destroyers
that pack some of the world’s best missile defenses. In the event
that North Korea follows through with a plan to fire
missiles near Guam, any one of these groups of
ships has a good shot at knocking
these missiles down.
But even with its scattered assets across the Pacific, the
US is not on war
footing towards North Korea. This simply represents a day in
the life of the US Navy’s massive fleet.
Should President Donald Trump give the word, dozens more
ships, hundreds more aircraft, and innumerable guided missiles
and deck guns could crowd the Korean Peninsula flanked by the
US’s powerful Asian allies.
For more information on the US Navy’s fleet and current
operations, visit the US Naval Institute’s
Fleet and Marine Tracker.