The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson Credit: Reuters
The Japan News/Yomiuri/Salt Lake Tribune: China, Russia send ships after U.S. aircraft carrier
China and Russia have dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is heading toward waters near the Korean Peninsula, multiple sources of the Japanese government revealed to The Yomiuri Shimbun.
It appears that both countries aim to probe the movements of the United States, which is showing a stance of not excluding military action against North Korea. The Self-Defense Forces are strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area, according to the sources.
The aircraft carrier strike group, composed of the Carl Vinson at its core with guided-missile destroyers and other vessels, is understood to be around the East China Sea and heading north toward waters near the Korean Peninsula.
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Update #1: China and Russia dispatch ships to shadow Donald Trump’s 'armada' as it approaches North Korean waters - Japanese media report (The Telegraph)
Update #2: Chinese and Russian spy ships tail USS aircraft carrier Carl Vinson as it sails for Korean Peninsula: Sources (National Post)
WNU Editor: This may be one of the Chinese spy ships (and it definitely looks like a spy ship) .... China’s Yuanwang Radar Spy Ship Fleet Sets Sail for the Pacific Ocean (Telegiz).
Update #3: Here is a better picture of the Chinese spy, as well as the Russian spy ship .... China, Russia Send Spy Ships to Keep Tabs on USS Carl Vinson off North Korea (China Topix).