The super carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its supporting warships have entered the western Pacific and will “integrate” with other US ships deployed in the region, including those near the Korean peninsula.
The US Navy didn’t specifically say if the Roosevelt would join the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group currently operating near Korea. But it made clear the Roosevelt would be operating with other US and allied warships in the US 7th Fleet area, which is based in Yokosuka, Japan. The Reagan is part of the US 7th Fleet.
Fox News is reporting that the Roosevelt “will now join the USS Ronald Reagan strike group off the Korean Peninsula.”
“Entering 7th Fleet is an exciting opportunity to integrate with other US Navy units in the (7th Fleet area of operations), as well as operate with our partners and allies in the region,” Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, the commander of US Carrier Strike Group Nine said in a statement. “We look forward to continued partnerships that lead to mutual security and common views about operating at sea.”
The Roosevelt left its homeport of San Diego, California on October 6 on a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific and the Middle East.
There has been intense speculation, especially in South Korea, on whether the carrier would be diverted to Korean waters to join the Reagan as nuclear tensions between the US and North Korea continue to mount.