United States nuke-powered submarine makes port call in S. Korea

13 Октября, 2017, 18:53 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Sailors render a salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia Class Submarine USS Washington at Naval Station Norfolk

The USS Ronald Reagan, the US's forward-deployed aircraft carrier based in Japan, also should head to South Korea in the coming days, according to Yonhap.

Pyongyang responded to the report through its state-run KCNA news agency, which said, "If the U.S. imperialists and the South Korean puppets ignite an aggressive nuclear war against us, it would only advance their own demise".

Anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns will be fired during the exercise, the navy added. The US Navy said in a statement that the drill is created to promote "communications, interoperability, and partnership" between the two militaries.

U.S. Navy units participating in the exercise include USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and USS Mustin (DDG 89).

"The training is a regular combined one to prepare for the threat of various maritime provocations by North Korea and to strengthen interoperability between the South and the U.S.", Vice Admiral Jung Jin-sup, South Korean chief of naval operations, said in a written statement.

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The exercise will provide a visible and coordinated engagement for the U.S. - ROK alliance. In April, South Korean media reported that Navy SEALs aboard the MI had trained with a local force to decapitate North Korea's Kim Jong Un regime.

The nuclear-powered submarine is one of the world's largest, measuring 170 meters (560 feet) long and weighing more than 18,000 tons.

It replaced another United States submarine, the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) that had stayed in Jinhae, a city in South Korea's southeastern region, on October 7-11.

The Michigan, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, carries with it some 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles that experts told Business Insider could prove incredibly useful in a strike on North Korea's nuclear infrastructure.

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