BUSAN, South Korea – The U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington will stealthily (yeah, right) slip into Busan Port on Wednesday in time for the "two plus two" meeting between the foreign and defense ministers of South Korea and the U.S.
Three more American warships, including the destroyer McCampbell, will also visit Busan and Jinhae ports during the same period, according to Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell.
On Monday U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gate arrived in Seoul to kick off the meetings.
The last time the 97,000 ton carrier visited Busan was in October 2008. Though it will not be open to the public, the sprawling asphalt-topped ship will host a reception and a number of guided tours for local residents, and some 300 crewmembers will visit a home for orphans while doing volunteer work such as repairing a nearby school's facilities.
Morrell, said the carrier will lay anchor in Busan Port from Wednesday to Sunday. And while there are no public tours offered, it is well worth a look from the shore.
Last week, leaders in Seoul and Washington unveiled plans to hold joint naval maneuvers in the East Sea. This drew a public backlash as the long-time allies apparently backed down from their earlier position to stage an exercise in the West Sea in the face of strong protests by China.
Your best bet for checking out the massive super-carrier is to head towards SK View Apartment on the tip of Oryukdo.
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