Columns of K1 88-Tanks and other military vehicles recently spotted in Paju, South Korea

The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet announced on Tuesday that a second aircraft carrier strike group entered the western Pacific amid the increasing threat of North Korea.

USS Theodore Roosevelt – the “Big Stick” – left its San Diego homeport earlier this month on a scheduled deployment to the West Pacific and Persian Gulf. It will now join the USS Ronald Reagan strike group off the Korean Peninsula.

The carrier is expected to make its way to the Persian Gulf to relieve the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

“Entering 7th Fleet is an exciting opportunity to integrate with other U.S. Navy units in the AOO, as well as operate with our partners and allies in the region,” said Rear Adm. Steve Koehler in a statement. “We look forward to continued partnerships that lead to mutual security and common views about operating at sea.”

It is rare to have two U.S. Navy aircrafts stationed in the region.

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