USS Tucson, supersonic bomber deployed to South Korea

Cheryl Sanders
October 13, 2017

The drill, called Maritime Counter Special Operations Exercise, is aimed at defending the infiltration of enemy special forces, according to the navy.

The armies of the United States and South Korea are expected to conduct a joint naval drill this coming week amid rising tensions with North Korea over a recent nuclear test. 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.

The drill is slated for October 16 and will include the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as well as South Korean vessels. As the U.S. Navy's largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build maritime partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability and prevent conflict.

The U.S. Navy said the submarine is capable of "supporting Special Operation Forces (SOF) missions" and providing "unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities from a stealthy, clandestine platform".

Earlier, USS Tucson, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, made a port call in Jinhae, staying in the south coast military port for four days through Wednesday.

The submarine was originally outfitted with Trident ballistic missiles, but now carries up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles-the equivalent of an entire surface battle group.

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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