US sends Message to the Opposition with Nuclear Sub Visit, Drills

Published On:November 1, 2016, 12:53 pm

The United States Military is sending out a double-barreled massage this week to possible opposition in the Pacific. A US Navy Submarine containing nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles is inflicting Guam for the very first time ever since the late 1980s. Also, the Japanese and the U.S. soldiery will perform amphibious landings on Pacific islands.

According to a particular Navy press statement, the submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) is making what the Navy otherwise terms a “scheduled port visit” to the US territory in the Pacific.

Although, a US defense executive said that South Korean and Japanese deputations are present in Guam at this time and will be proposed rare tours of the submarine. This visit is an outcome of the military tensions at both – China over its moves in South China Sea and North Korea over its nuclear program.

The Navy stated in a statement that, "This specific visit to Guam reflects the United States' commitment to its allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, and complements the many exercises, training, operations, and other military cooperation activities conducted between the US and its partner nations."

Further stated, "Ballistic missile submarines such as USS Pennsylvania are on patrol continuously, providing a critical, stabilizing and highly effective element of the US nuclear deterrence force."

As per the US Navy, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines in the US fleet, in Pennsylvania carries 24 Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles. Every single missile comprises of multiple warheads that can be tuned to hit various targets.

A total of 37,000 out of which 11,000 US and 26,000 Japanese troops are involved in the amphibious landings. These landings will take place around Okinawa, Japan, Guam and the island of Tinian in the Northern Marinas.

"Significant training activities during KS17 will include air and sea operations, integrated air and missile defense and ballistic missile defense in order to keep pace with the growing ballistic missile threat in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," stated a statement from US Forces Japan. The US military further stated that, "Amphibious operation training offers an opportunity to build bilateral interoperability in this area, and it supports Japan's developing amphibious capabilities."

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