USS Carl Vinson wasn’t sailing to deter North Korea, as suggested by White House.
The NY Times published an article to correct a comment issued by the White House that the USS Carl Vinson (and its strike group) was ordered into the Sea of Japan to send a powerful deterrent signal to North Korea.
Indeed, the issue is, the carrier, CVN-70 and its strike group were sailing Southbound to join international military exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, over 3’500 miles away of the Korean Peninsula.
White House Officials were slightly misinformed by the Defense Department, in what they describe as “a glitch-ridden sequence of events, from a premature announcement of deployment by the military’s Pacific Command to an erroneous explanation by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – All of which perpetuated the false narrative that an American armada was racing towards the waters off North Korea”
For more information, please read the full article from the NY Times here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/world/asia/aircraft-carrier-north-korea-carl-vinson.html?_r=0