US deploys two missile destroyers to Japan after Kim Jong-un warns of ‘pre-emptive strike’

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE US has deployed two warships to Japan to support an “up-gunned” strike group carrying out war games in the region.

By Tom Towers
7th February 2018

Missile destroyers USS Dewey and USS Sterett have left San Diego to join a Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG)

Both ships possess vital sensors and weapons used to detect underwater, surface and airborne threats.

They will help launch and land F-35B Joint Strike Fighters in Nagasaki, Japan, after a series of military drills in the region infuriated Kim Jong-un.

The US Navy’s 3rd Fleet said in a statement: “Dewey and Street will train with forward deployed amphibious ships across all mission areas and further refine tactics, techniques, and procedures integrating with an expeditionary strike group.”

USS Dewey’s Commanding Officer Anthony L Webber said: “The Dewey crew is prepared, committed and ready to execute all tasks.

“We look forward to another deployment and safe return home to our loved ones.”

It comes just weeks after Pyongyang accused Washington of imposing its armed forces “under the pretext of the security of the Olympic Games”.

The US has sent an amphibious assault ship, an extra aircraft carrier and a raft of bombers to the region since the start of January.

The regime has accused the US of preparing for a “pre-emptive strike against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”.

It comes as the Winter Olympics are set to kick off in South Korea on Friday.

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