COMNAVFE, Admiral Joy, placed Admiral Andrewes in command of Task Group 96.8, the West Korean Support Group, which comprised mainly Commonwealth and allied ships.
Commenting on the incident, COMNAVFE later said, "The calculated risk of damage to friendly forces must be accepted."
Two smaller escort aircraft carriers of the late-WW II Commencement Bay class, Badoeng Strait (CVE 116) and Sicily (CVE 118), were formed into an escort carrier group and operated under COMNAVFE
. Besides providing close air support, the 'jeep carriers" were to conduct antisubmarine hunter-killer missions as needed.