Military sources confirmed to Fox News, that the USS Michigan will be at the South Korean port of Busan in the coming hours. The submarine is a nuclear powered Ohio- class which will later join the USS Vinson aircraft carrier strike group.
The USS Vinson aircraft carrier strike group, according to senior U.S. Defense officials is in the Philippine Sea in waters south of Japan.
Tensions have risen in the area in recent weeks, with the US and North Korea exchanging heated rhetoric. “Our military is closely monitoring the North Korean military’s movement,” the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
North Korea conducted a failed ballistic missile test on April 16th, prompting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to warn them not to “test” President Donald Trump.
Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo that the U.S. was sending an “armada” with submarines to the region.
“We are sending an armada, very powerful,” Trump said. “We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.”
Lieutenant Commander Matt Knight with U.S. Pacific Fleet, in a statement to Fox News, said the USS Michigan was on “routine deployment.”
Four Ohio-class guided missile submarines, originally designed to launch nuclear missiles, were converted to be able to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles between 2003 and 2007.
According to the U.S. Navy, “The USS Michigan, USS Florida, USS Ohio and USS Georgia represent more than half of the Submarine Force’s vertical launch payload capacity with each SSGN capable of carrying up to 154 Tomahawk lane-attack cruise missiles.”
According to the Navy, these sea going vessels are, “land attack and SOF (Special Operation Forces) platforms.”
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