The USS George Washington carrier group arrived in the Yellow Sea November 27th and has started a series of war games with ally South Korea.
This exercise comes amid rising tensions in the peninsula, caused by the artillery strike on the island of Yeonpyeong earlier in the week. The shelling resulted in the deaths of four people, including two South Korean Marines, and injured 19 others.
Even before the war games began, a new scare was set off when the North Koreans set about test firing more artillery. But with the games underway, the North has moved two surface-to-air missiles into forward positions with reports of targeting radars aiming at warplanes flying too close to the Northern Limit Line.
Since the announcement that the carrier group was moving into the Yellow Sea, the North has ratcheted up its rhetoric against the South and the United States claiming that any additional provocation could lead to war.
This increase in threats and violence stems from the succession taking place between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and his son Kim Jong-Un. It has been speculated that the order to launch the artillery strike was a joint decision between the two as a test of Jong-Un and his ability to command the North Korean Military.
The war games between the United States and South Korea are expected to continue until December 1st.