The confusion, last week, about the direction of a US Carrier group is explained by this transcript of intercept between White House and the US Navy.
CLASSIFIED ECHELON (REDACTED)
Transcript of satphone intercept: 1430 UTC MANILLA station 04152017
WHITE HOUSE SITUATION ROOM, WEST WING to CARRIER GROUP
POTUS: This is President
XXXXX. I need you to steam your boats over to North Korea in a frightening way.
CARRIER GROUP: What? Really sir? We’re not even going in that direction.
POTUS: Where are you now?
CARRIER GROUP: Just past
XXXXXXXX. Headed for Australia for an exercise
POTUS: Is Australia far from Korea?
CARRIER GROUP: Quite a long way sir, yes.
POTUS: …..Look the Aussies won’t mind. Their prime minister, Turnbuckle, is a sucker. Can you do Korea now? It’s bigly important. Spicer’s going to pop an artery if CNN bully him again. Bad!
CARRIER GROUP: The Aussies will be mad sir. They’ve put on a barbecue and everything.
POTUS: …….OK, here’s the plan; pop in on the Aussies. Say hi. Eat a few prawns. But get away as soon as you can. Make something up — I do it all the time. Then steam all the boats, the big one and all the little ones, back to Korea as fast as you can.
CARRIER GROUP: OK
POTUS: Have some jets take off like Top Gun. And, do me a favour, put the submarines on top of the water where everyone can see them.
CARRIER GROUP: If you’re sure?
POTUS: Yeah I’m sure. Oh and… (INAUDIBLE)
CARRIER GROUP: What?
POTUS: …. The guys here are saying; make sure its North Korea you threaten and not South Korea. You guys know they’re different countries right?
CARRIER GROUP: Yep we know that, sir
POTUS: OK we have to be careful to get the right country. People are picky about that sort of thing. Also….
CARRIER GROUP: What now?
POTUS: Can you drop into to the grocer’s and get a loaf of bread on the way back