USS Carl Vinson Arrives in South Korea Ahead of Possible North Korean Satellite Launch

USS Carl Vinson
Fighter jets on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson as it arrives in Busan, South Korea, on Nov. 21. Yonhap via REUTERS

The San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson arrived in the South Korean city of Busan on Tuesday, in a show of deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, South Korea’s navy said.

The nuclear-powered warship’s arrival comes as North Korea plans to launch a rocket carrying a space satellite between Nov. 22 and Dec. 1 in the direction of the Yellow Sea and East China Sea, according to Japan’s Coast Guard,

It would mark a third attempt by the nuclear-armed North this year to put a spy satellite into orbit.

In a statement, South Korean Rear Admiral Kim Ji-hoon said the arrival of the Carl Vinson showed a “strong combined defense posture and a determined willingness to respond to North Korea’s advancing nuclear and missile threats” by the South Korea-U.S. alliance.

The Carl Vinson is the carrier from which 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was buried at sea after he was killed by a Navy SEAL team.

Reuters contributed to this article.