Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

USS Tucson, supersonic bomber deployed to South Korea

USS Tucson, supersonic bomber deployed to South Korea

The US Navy's USS Michigan attack submarine arrived in Busan, South Korea's southern port city, on Friday, and it looks like it will be joined by a US aircraft carrier in a bold challenge to a defiant North Korea, Yonhap news reports.

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

South Korea news outlet Chosun reported recently that the United States has been considering using this armada to test North Korea like never before, by sailing the aircraft carrier north of the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border of North Korea.

From the South Korean side, the Sejong the Great Aegis destroyer will participate in the joint drill.

The fleet said that the Maritime Counter Special Operations Forces Exercise (MCSOFEX) would "promote communications, interoperability, and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations".

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The exercise will provide a visible and coordinated engagement for the U.S. - ROK alliance.

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

The vessel is carrying Tomahawk cruise missiles, used by the the early April attack on Syria's Shayrat airbase.

It replaced another U.S. 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.

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.

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