Spicer: Navy ships eventually will reach the Korean Peninsula

President Trump himself added to the perception the strike group was speeding toward North Korea when he told Fox Business News on April 12, "We are sending an armada, very powerful". "It is headed to the Korean Peninsula, and it will arrive there", Spicer said.

President Donald Trump last week said he had sent "an armada - very powerful" to North Korea to send a message about American resolve and intent.

If and when the "armada" finally arrives, it's going to be staying awhile, with officials saying the planned deployment has been extended for 30 more days to prove the USA military comment to the northwestern Pacific.

Confusion over the deployment of a U.S. aircraft carrier continued to roil South Korea on April 19 following the revelation that the Carl Vinson Strike Group, initially announced by the U.S. to be heading toward the Korean Peninsula, had instead spent the last week thousands of kilometers away, sailing in the opposite direction. "W$3 e're doing exactly what we said, and that is, we're shifting her".

Speaking aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier at the US Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay, Mr Pence said the Trump administration would continue to "work diligently" with allies such as Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang.

On April 15, the US Navy published a photo showing the Vinson transiting the Sunda Strait on its way to drills with Australia, while news outlets reported on April 11 that the movement would take more than a week. "The aircraft carrier was sleep-walking", said another. "That's a fact, it happened".

A picture from the U.S. Navy showed the strike carrier group sailing between Sumatra and Java in Indonesia on Saturday. "It is happening, rather".

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said the USS Carl Vinson strike group is now proceeding to the Western Pacific. "After departing Singapore on April 8 and cancelling a scheduled port visit to Perth, the Strike Group was able to complete a curtailed period of previously scheduled training with Australia in worldwide waters off the northwest coast of Australia".

It wasn't immediately clear if the mix-up was due to a deliberate attempt to psych out North Korea's leaders - or a false narrative resulting from miscommunications up the chain of command. He also said that a US Pacific Command statement talked only about the ships' "ultimate destination". Like Spicer, he said it will wind up near the Korean Peninsula to reassure US allies.

"She's stationed there in the western Pacific for a reason".

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