In response to the heightened threat of possible war against North Korea, Japan has dispatched destroyer vessels to accompany US warships on route to the Korean peninsula.
Yesterday, Japan’s two Maritime Self-Defense Force ships named Ashigara and Samidare left the Sasebo naval base in Nagasaki, which are reportedly to meet with the USS Carl Vinson-led group as Japan joins forces to conduct military drills that will strengthen their defense amid rising tension in Korean Peninsula.
The operation was declared following the fresh ballistic missile tests made in North Korea, which is expected to mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military next week. The latest rise in tension comes after it was reported Mr Donald Trump might order a strike against Pyongyang in case Kim Jong-Un orders another nuclear test.
Earlier this month, Washington sent the naval group from Singapore toward North Korea. The aircraft carrier and its accompanying ships had been scheduled to leave from Singapore for port visits to Australia on Saturday, but Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command, ordered the strike group to head north toward Korean waters instead.
According to the US President Donald Trump, “armada” has been sent to tackle the North Korean threat. He said: “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful – far more powerful than the aircraft carrier.”
In the news published in EXPRESS, it was reported that one military from Japan confirmed that Japan wants to dispatch several destroyers as the ‘Carl Vinson’ enters the East China Sea.”
Accordingly, the military drills to be conducted would include helicopter landings on both American and Japanese ships, along with advance communications training.
After knowing the joint drills, North Korea retaliated saying it was ready to defend itself with all means available, including weapons of mass destruction. Also, China warned that the region was on the brink of an “all-out war”.