US nuclear sub arrives in South Korea with 150 Tomahawk missles
A nuclear-powered U.S. submarine is to arrive at the South Korean port city of Busan on Tuesday, the same day North Korea is expected to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army.As part of the strike group, it will probably have a dual mission of protecting the convoy and also preparing to launch cruise missiles at sites in North Korea. It appears to be part of a strategy of making it clear to North Korea that the US is not here to give them money.
The USS Michigan, the second Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarine in the U.S. Navy, is to make a visit to South Korea to send a strong message of warning to Pyongyang, South Korean newspaper Donga Ilbo reported Monday.
A South Korean military official who spoke anonymously said the Michigan will receive a hull inspection upon arrival at Busan port, then leave for training exercises in waters near the Korean peninsula.
According to a second source who spoke to the Donga, the submarine will join the Carl Vinson strike group and carry out surveillance missions.
It is also likely the submarine will conduct exercises with the South Korean navy, the source said.
The Michigan has a displacement of more than 18,000 tons when submerged and is one of the largest submarines in the world.
It can travel at speeds of 29 miles per hour and can stay submerged for up to three months.
The submarine is equipped with about 150 Tomahawk missiles that hit targets that are up to 990 miles away, and can carry out a range of missions including anti-submarine warfare and reconnaissance.