WASHINGTON - The US is sending the massive aircraft carrier the USS George Washington to South Korea this week, the military announced Monday.
The deployment is considered a show of force in the wake of the sinking of a South Korean warship last March that killed 46 sailors. South Korea and an international team of investigators have blamed North Korea for the attack.
The carrier was expected to be in South Korea's port of Pusan by Wednesday and could participate in an upcoming military exercise.
The nuclear powered carrier, one of the world's largest warships, will be accompanied by three destroyers — the McCampbell, the John S. McCain and the Lassen.