USA nuke-powered submarine makes port call in S. Korea

Sailors render a salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia Class Submarine USS Washington at Naval Station Norfolk

Sailors render a salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia Class Submarine USS Washington at Naval Station Norfolk

According to the Navy, the Maritime Counter Special Operations exercise wil run from October 16 to October 26.

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.

The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and two US destroyers will be taking part in the drill alongside South Korean vessels, the US 7th Fleet said.

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

The U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of operations.

Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Korea, said in a release that the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) navies "have always enjoyed a strong relationship", and that the arrival of the USS Michigan further reinforces their partnership. In April, South Korean media reported that Navy SEALs aboard the MI had trained with a local force to decapitate North Korea's Kim Jong Un regime.

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

A US nuclear-powered submarine has arrived in 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.

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

Pyongyang rattled its "sword of justice" Friday by vowing to attack the U.S. territory of Guam with a "salvo of missiles", one day after stating that it will complete its nuclear weapons program no matter how much global pressure the nation faces.

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