Guam-based guided-missile submarine makes port call to South Korea

Guam-based guided-missile submarine makes port call to South Korea

A Los Angeles-class attack submarine made a stop in the South Korean port of Jinhae, the U.S. Navy and South Korean officials confirmed Wednesday.

The Navy said the Ohio-Class guided-missile submarine was making a routine visit during a regularly scheduled deployment to the region.

The deployment of USA strategic military assets to South Korea came amid the heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula following the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) sixth nuclear test in September.

President Donald Trump has threatened to "totally destroy" the North if forced to defend the USA or its allies.

The 560-foot-long USS Michigan is armed to the teeth with tactical missiles and is capable of launching strikes and supporting missions by special operation forces, a statement said.

The South Korean and United States navies will kick off high-profile joint drills off the coast of the Korean peninsula next week, the allies announced on Friday.

"With a crew of approximately 150, Tucson can conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiencies of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet", the Hawaii-based command said on its website.

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Its homeport is Bremerton, Wash., but the submarine is based in the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam.

Washington has in recent days attempted to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang by deploying strategic military assets to the Korean peninsula.

The communist state has test-fired dozens of missiles over the past year and a half, most recently on September 15 when it sent a missile over Japan.

"The Korean-American relationship is very important, and our visit to Chinhae gives us the opportunity to strengthen the outstanding relationship that exists between the USA and the Republic of Korea", he said.

The U.S. aircraft trained in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, where they conducted "virtual air-to-air missile fire drills", according to Seoul's joint chiefs of staff.

"Today, our relationship is stronger than it has ever been and our ironclad partnership is further reinforced by this visit from MI".

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