The US has heavy naval power in the Pacific if things break loose with North Korea




(Just a sampling of the US's naval power.US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord)

As tensions reach a fever pitch between the US and North Korea, with Pyongyang announcing its 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 China Sea.

(Four F-35B Lightning II aircraft perform a flyover above the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during the Lightning Carrier Proof of Concept Demonstration.US Navy photo by Andy Wolfe)

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 Naval Institute.

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.

(At sea aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Jan. 27, 2003 - The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) deployed with the seven-ship Amphibious Task Force West (ATF-W) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) from her homeport of San Diego, Calif.US Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer Swader.)
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.

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