US Subs’ Mystery Missions Off Korean Coast Prompt Panic

Friday, October 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

The USS Michigan Ohio-class ballistic missile sub has arrived in Busan, South Korea ahead of large scale US-South Korean exercises next week. Observers are concerned by the fact that another US sub, the USS Tucson, is already present in the area, and that it has been carrying out secret training missions whose purpose remains unclear.

According to the US Navy, the USS Michigan has arrived in the country Friday to participate in major naval drills next week, which will also involve the USS Ronald Reagan supercarrier, two destroyers, and South Korean ships equipped with the Aegis missile defense systems.

However, some observers are concerned by the sub’s offensive capabilities (including up to 154 conventional land attack cruise missiles) which they say may indicate that the Pentagon has something other than a purely defensive role in mind.

Their fears have been heightened by the fact that just two days earlier, South Korean media confirmed that another US nuclear sub, the USS Tucson, capable of launching up to 24 Tomahawk cruise missiles or torpedoes, made a stopover at South Korea’s main naval base in Jinhae last Saturday. Yonhap news agency reported that the attack sub left the port shortly after stocking up on supplies, heading in an unknown direction.

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