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Second US Destroyer Headed to South Korea

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The United States Navy is sending a second guided missile destroyer to the Asia Pacific region due to the ongoing situation with North Korea, Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed Tuesday.

The USS Decatur had left the Philippines on its way back to the U.S. from a deployment to the Middle East.  Providing few details about its mission Little said both ships “have arrived at predetermined positions in the Western Pacific where they will be poised to respond to any missile threats to our allies or our territory.”

And it turns out the destroyer sent Monday was the USS John S. McCain and not the USS Fitzgerald.  Navy officials said Tuesday that initially the Fitzgerald had been under consideration to be the ship to move close to South Korea, but it was deemed that the McCain was a better fit.  

Both ships are equipped with SM-3 missiles that can shoot down a North Korean ballistic missile.  Little wouldn’t say precisely where both ships are.

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