USS Tucson, supersonic bomber deployed to South Korea

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

Today the nuclear-powered USS Michigan submarine arrived at South Korea's southern port of Busan, according to Yonhap news agency, just days after another nuclear-powered submarine - the USS Tuscon - left after a five-day visit.

With a length of 170.6 meters and 18,000-tonnes behind it, the vessel is the second Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarine in the US Navy.

Cmdr. Chad Hardt, commanding officer of the Tucson, said the deployment gives the Navy an "opportunity to strengthen the outstanding relationship that exists between the US and the Republic of Korea".

It marks the sub's first visit here in almost six months.

"Today, our relationship is stronger than it has ever been and our ironclad partnership is further reinforced by this visit from MI".

A Los Angeles-class attack submarine made a stop in the South Korean port of Jinhae, the U.S. Navy and South Korean officials confirmed Wednesday.

Measuring more than 560 feet long and weighing more than 18,000 tons when submerged, MI is one of the largest submarines in the world.

The 560-foot-long USS Michigan is armed to the teeth with tactical missiles and is capable of launching strikes and supporting missions by special operation forces, a statement said. "Everyone on board is mission ready, and I'm proud of being their commanding officer". MI is homeported in Bremerton, Washington and is forward deployed from Guam.

"We are looking forward to working with our [Republic of Korea Navy] partners and experiencing the Korean culture, which is a first for many of us", said Gutierrez.

Meanwhile, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), an aircraft carrier, is scheduled to conduct joint drills with South Korea's warships in the East Sea next week.

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