Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

USS Tucson, supersonic bomber deployed to South Korea

USS Tucson, supersonic bomber deployed to South Korea

But the port call comes at a time of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, which has stepped up the pace of its nuclear weapons program and missile provocations amid fears of World War 3.

During the visit, Yoo received a tour of the submarine and expressed his appreciation to the crew and the work they do to ensure MI is one of the premier assets in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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 US and the Republic of Korea".

Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of Naval Forces Korea, said: "The US and South Korean navies have always enjoyed a strong relationship".

The U.S. marine forces said the nuclear-powered attack submarine is also equipped with twelve vertical launch tubes for Tomahawk cruise missiles and four torpedo tubes.

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to host SOCPAC and looking forward to working with Special Operations Command in the future", said Capt. Gustavo Gutierrez, Michigan's commanding officer.

"Everyone on board is mission ready, and I'm proud of being their commanding officer".

A second South Korean official who spoke anonymously said USA forces are "irregularly" being deployed to the peninsula to participate in drills and joint training, and without disclosing deployment ahead of time, according to Yonhap.

"It is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, surveillance, and reconnaissance".

Two U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean peninsula in a show of force on Tuesday night, conducting air-to-surface missile-firing drills over the Sea of Japan (known in Korea as the East Sea) and the Yellow Sea.

And Washington has agreed to deploy so-called strategic assets in and around South Korea on a more regular basis to provide better deterrence against the North.

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