The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson and its strike group maneuvered with Japanese warships in the Philippine Sea on Friday amid rising tensions with North Korea.
The Vinson, cruiser USS Lake Champlain, and destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy were joined by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers JS Ashigara and JS Samidare.
The Vinson group is reportedly headed to waters off North Korea as that country steps up threats against the United States. President Trump has said a “major conflict” is possible.
On Friday, North Korea launched a ballistic missile, but it blew up shortly into its flight. The country has vowed to develop nuclear-armed missiles that can hit the United States.
In releasing a video of the Vinson group, the Navy noted that it has has patrolled the region for more than 70 years to promote regional peace and security.
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