Kitty Hawk headed to South Korea
Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Sunday, March 13, 2005
SEOUL — The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk will make a port call in
South Korea for military exercises planned to start next week, the U.S.
military command in Seoul said Friday.
The Kitty Hawk, based at Yokosuka, Japan, will arrive Monday at South
Korea’s southeastern port city of Busan with about 5,200 sailors and 60
aircraft, including F-18 Super Hornets, the military said.
The United States and South Korea will conduct joint military exercises
March 19-25 amid a standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs.
Washington and its allies are trying to lure the North back to the
negotiating table to persuade it to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
North Korea warned that the joint military exercises could entail “grave
consequences” and hamper efforts to restart the stalled nuclear talks.