Guam-based guided-missile submarine makes port call to South Korea

Sailors stand in formation waiting to bring the ship to life during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Washington at Naval Station Norfolk

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) pulls into Jinhae, South Gyeongsang Province, in this file photo posted on the Pacific Command's website.

The United States and South Korea will kick off a major navy drill next week, the USA navy said Friday (Oct 13), a fresh show of force against North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests.

South Korea and the United States will conduct joint maritime drills next week in waters near the Korean Peninsula, with a U.S.

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. 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.

The South Korean navy was quoted by local media outlets as saying the joint exercise with the USA navy would be staged from next Monday to Friday in the eastern and western waters of South Korea. "Today, our relationship is stronger than it has ever been and our ironclad partnership is further reinforced by this visit from MI", said Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, who leads the US Naval Forces Korea. "Michigan Sailors were warmly welcomed by the ROK Navy today and I know they'll receive the same wonderful welcome from the local community during their visit to Busan".

Captain Gustavo Gutierrez, Michigan's commanding officer, said: "Throughout this deployment, the crew has been extremely professional and dedicated".

PACOM did not elaborate when the Tucson, based in Hawaii, will depart the peninsula.

President Donald Trump has engaged in an increasingly escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

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.

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