July 19, 2018

US Guided Missile Submarine Arrives in South Korea

13 October 2017, 09:27 | Devin Moran

The ship's crest of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Washington

The ship's crest of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Washington

Yonhap quoted a South Korean official who said the Tucson "had left" and that the U.S. Navy "did not disclose its next destination".

Joining the drill from the US military would be USS Ronald Reagan nuclear-powered aircraft carrier under the USA 7th Fleet.

Anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns will be fired during the exercise, the navy added.

Cmdr. Chad Hardt, commanding officer of the Tucson, said the deployment gives the Navy an "opportunity to strengthen the outstanding relationship that exists between the USA and the Republic of Korea".

U.S. Naval Forces Korea announced the arrival Friday morning, stating the visit was part of a regularly scheduled Western Pacific tour.

The nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the South's Sejong the Great-class guided-missile destroyers (KDX III) will participate in the maritime exercises, along with around 40 other vessels.

As a rule, the US Navy does not comment on future operations, but the Reagan has been spotted in Korea's vicinity recently. The US Navy said in a statement that the drill is created to promote "communications, interoperability, and partnership" between the two militaries.

The U.S. guided missile submarine USS Michigan has arrived in the South Korean port of Busan from its forward-deployment port in Guam for a rare public port-of-call.

Additionally, the submarine is known to sometimes carry special forces.

Earlier, USS Tucson, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, made a port call in Jinhae, staying in the south coast military port for four days through Wednesday.

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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