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Carrier Strike Group Sails Toward Korea After North’s Missile Test

The U.S. Navy‘s Carl Vinson carrier strike group has been ordered to cancel planned port visits in Australia and move to the Western Pacific, just four days after the rogue state of North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from its eastern coast.

Officials with U.S. Third Fleet announced Saturday night that the San Diego-based strike group, which just completed a four-day port visit in Singapore, will now sail north and “report on station” in the Western Pacific. Multiple outlets reported that the ships would be positioned off the Korean peninsula.

“U.S. Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific,” Cmdr. David Benham, a spokesman for PACOM, told Military.com in a statement.

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Laurabeth Messimer