US nuclear sub in Korea: US military

Sailors run bringing the ship to life during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Washington at Naval Station Norfolk

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.

The drill is slated for October 16 and will include the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as well as South Korean vessels.

Michigan is the second submarine of the Ohio-class of ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) and guided missile submarines (SSGNs), and the third U.S. Navy Michigan to bear the name.

The US sailors have engaged in various activities in South Korea, including culture experience programs, a South Korean defense source said.

South Korea will field a Sejong the Great-class destroyer, P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft, F-15k, FA-18 and A-10 fighter jets, as well as Lynx and AW-159 Wild Cat naval choppers.

The U.S. 7th Fleet on Thursday also announced that the ROK Navy and air force, in cooperation with the U.S.'s Seventh Fleet, Pacific Air Forces' 7th Air Force, and Eighth Army will stage combined joint operations and exercises.

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.

A US nuclear-powered submarine on Friday made a port call at a city in southeast South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported Friday.

The vessel is carrying Tomahawk cruise missiles, used by the the early April attack on Syria's Shayrat airbase. These submarines are able to launch an "unprecedented strike" from a "stealthy, clandestine platform", it adds.

It replaced another USA 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. Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communications capabilities, guided-missile submarines are capable of launching missile strikes and supporting Special Operation Forces (SOF) missions.

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.



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