Breaking the morning calm

HMCS Winnipeg is taking part in a major exercise, as part of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, with South Korea; the North Koreans are (as usual) upset:

North Korea ‘War’ Threat Ahead Of Exercise
Kim Jong Il’s hermit kingdom has severed its last line of communication with South Korea and put its 1.2 million strong army on a war footing, as US-led military exercises get under way.
The war games, which involve US and South Korean air, sea and ground forces, are bigger and will last longer than previous exercises.
They are held annually to test South Korea’s defensive capability in the event of an attack by the North…

Are Jack Layton and the NDP not aware of the Canadian Navy’s working so intimately with the United States Navy (it’s called interoperability)? Are they not aware that the Stennis is nuclear-powered and almost certainly carries nuclear weapons?
Such cooperation objectively assists the Americans’ provocative exercise–an exercise that can only deter progress towards improved relations on the Korean peninsula. When will the NDP protest this flagrant example of Canada’s continuing to be a “lapdog to U.S. interests”?
I suspect that, in fact, they just don’t know what’s going on.
Mark C.
Update: Thanks to Phil in “Comments” for giving my NDP-phantasy head a shake. USN carriers no longer carry nuclear weapons.

5 thoughts on “Breaking the morning calm

  1. Phil says:

    There’s a big difference between nuclear power and nuclear weapons. The Stenis has a nuclear powered reactor but that doesn’t mean it has nuclear weapons.

  2. DaninVan says:

    Phil; give your head a shake, man. You seriously think the US blue water patrols all over the world just in case a little brush fire starts up somewhere?

  3. dcardno says:

    “USN carriers no longer carry nuclear weapons.”
    According to the article linked, they “no longer deploy” nuclear weapons. Isn’t there a distinction between the terms “carry” and “deploy?” Of course, no USN vessel has ever “deployed” nuclear weapons, since the only instances of use were delivered by air, although I guess they got there by (USN) carrier.
    Deaner

  4. John B says:

    I seem to remember a long standing policy of the U.S. government that they will neither confirm nor deny whether any of their ships carry nuclear weapons at any given time/place. This used to be an irritant when naval vessels visited Japan.

  5. mojo says:

    Exactly right, the Navy “will neither confirm or deny” whether any particular ship or base has nuclear weapons.
    It’s pretty easy to tell with the bases, though – if there are Marines on the gate, the base has nukes.

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