Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Picture Of The Day

The JS Hyūga is the lead ship of the Hyūga-class helicopter destroyers of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. It was laid down in 2006 and commissioned into military service in 2009. The vessel received its name after the Hyūga Province, an old province of Japan. Upon completion it was the largest ship built for the Japanese navy since the Second World War. The Hyūgas are primarily anti-submarine warfare carriers operating SH-60K anti-submarine helicopters. © Photo: Wivern

WNU Editor: The above photo is from this gallery .... Lords of the Seas: The World's Most Impressive Aircraft Carriers (Sputnik).

Chinese Military Editorial: China Needs Six Aircraft Carriers, An Enlarged Marine Corps And Ten Naval Bases In Friendly Foreign Nations

China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea in this file photo. Reuters

Maritime Executive: China May Build Six Carriers, Ten Overseas Bases

In an editorial published Friday to mark the anniversary of China's navy, the official military outlet PLA Daily suggested that the nation needs six aircraft carriers, an enlarged marine corps and ten naval bases in friendly foreign nations.

"In the long run, China needs to develop its own aircraft carrier battle teams, with at least six aircraft carriers, maritime forces led by guided missile destroyers, as well as attack submarines," said Xu Guangyu, a senior advisor to the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association. "China will build about ten more bases for the [carriers] . . . Hopefully, China could have bases in every continent, but that depends on countries which would like to cooperate with China."

The PLA Daily said that the purpose of the enlarged carrier fleet would be to enable the PLA(N) to "break through" the first island chain (Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines) to exert its power in the Western Pacific.

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More News On Media Reports That China "Needs Six Aircraft Carriers, An Enlarged Marine Corps And Ten Naval Bases Abroad"

China may build up to 10 bases for future aircraft carriers, says report -- IHS Janes 360
China To Build New Aircraft Carriers, Naval Bases -- Defense World
Chinese navy to make waves with more carriers, marine corps -- Economic Times
China to build 6 aircraft carriers and new bases in every continent to command seas -- International Business Times

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Comparing China's Aircraft Carriers Against Other Nations

China's first home-built aircraft carrier awaits launch at a Dalian shipyard. Nikkei Asian Review

Julia Hollingsworth, South China Morning Post: In battle to control sea and air, how do China’s aircraft carriers stack up against other nations?

China is about to launch its first homebuilt aircraft carrier, once the tidal conditions are right at the dock where the vessel has been under construction in Dalian.

Weighing 70,000 tonnes and 315 metres long and 75 metres wide, the still unnamed carrier is slightly larger than the Liaoning, China’s only other aircraft carrier, which was made in Ukraine.

Although the launch has been heralded by some as a sign that China is mastering naval technology, other military observers have noted China still only has about four per cent of the United States’ naval capability.

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WNU Editor: The Chinese still have a long way to go before they are a major sea power.

China Launches Its First Domestically-Built Aircraft Carrier

China's second aircraft carrier is transferred from dry dock into the water at a launch ceremony in Dalian shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, April 26, 2017. The new carrier, the first domestically-built one, came after the Liaoning, a refitted former Soviet Union-made carrier that was put into commission in the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army in 2012. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

China's first indigenously manufactured aircraft carrier seen being prepared for launch in April 2017. Source: Chinese internet sources via sinodefenceforum.com

Reuters: China launches first domestically-built aircraft carrier

China on Wednesday launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought second-hand from the Ukraine, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea.

State media said the carrier, designed in China and built in the northeast port of Dalian, is not expected to enter service until 2020.

The announcement by the official Xinhua news agency had been well-flagged as foreign military analysts and Chinese media have for months published satellite images, photographs and news stories about the second carrier's development. China confirmed its existence in late 2015.

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More News On China Launching Its First Domestically-Built Aircraft Carrier

China launches 2nd aircraft carrier -- Xinhuanet
China eagerly awaits new carrier launch -- Global Times
Chinese state media say China has launched its 2nd aircraft carrier and 1st domestically built -- AP
China set to launch second aircraft carrier -- Defense News
Made-in-China aircraft carrier set to launch within days -- Asahi Shimbun
China's New Aircraft Carrier: What We Know and Don't Know About the Ship -- Newsweek
Everything We Know About China's New Aircraft Carrier -- Robert Farley, National Interest

Iran News: Russia Preparing To Deploy Ground Forces To Syria

© Sputnik/ Maksim Blinov

Press TV: Russia prepared to deploy ground forces to Syria: Sources

Syrian military sources say Moscow has informed Damascus of its preparedness to dispatch ground troops to the Arab country to help Syrian government forces with battles against the foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed on Monday that the Russian special forces were ready to be deployed in the areas where Syrian troops were engaged in serious battles against the terrorist groups.

They further noted that the technical aspects of the plan had already been drawn up, and that it would be implemented once the Damascus government puts in an official request and Russian President Vladimir Putin issues the order.

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WNU Editor: Russia's air force is there, as well as Russian special forces and contractors. But deploying ground troops will be a definite Russian escalation in this conflict. On a side note, Syrian President Assad has already indicated that he will not object to such a Russian deployment .... Assad Not Ruling Out Russian Ground Troops' Help in Syria (Sputnik).

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates April 25, 2017





US News and World Report/Reuters: Iraqi Forces Using Siege and Stealth to Evict Islamic State From Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq, (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are using siege and stealth tactics to drive Islamic State militants out of Mosul's Old City, an Iraqi general said, as his forces sought to minimize casualties among hundreds of thousands of people trapped in the cramped, historic neighborhood.

Explosions from two car bombs could be heard nearby as Lieutenant General Abdul Ghani al-Assadi spoke to Reuters at his command post on Monday, and a Reuters correspondent saw thick smoke rising from the blasts.

"Most houses in the Old City are very old and its streets and alleyways are very narrow," said Assadi, a commander of Iraqi counter-terrorism units in Mosul. "So to avoid civilian losses we are using siege, but that does not mean we will not enter the Old City."

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Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates April 25, 2017

IS terrorises Mosul civilians as Iraq forces advance -- AFP
WMC: Iraqi forces liberate 12 villages in al-Hadher District south of Mosul -- Iraqi News
Iraqi-Backed Forces Liberate 12 Villages Near Mosul in Offensive Against Daesh -- Sputnik
Iraq captures Mosul's al-Tenek district from Islamic State -- UPI
Iraqi troops capture largest neighborhood in western Mosul -- AP
Iraq forces retake large Mosul neighbourhood from IS -- AFP
Iraqi forces now attacking ISIS militants with drones in Mosul -- USA Today
IS 'executes' at least 15 civilians in Mosul: officials -- AFP
Captive IS fighters face extrajudicial killings on fringes of Mosul conflict -- IRIN News
Frontline clinic window on hell of IS-held Mosul areas -- AFP
Delivering aid to liberated part of Mosul that still feels under besiege -- RUDAW
Real Life in Iraq's Mosul: No Food Left and Children Starving to Death -- Sputnik
Iraqi Forces Control 85% of Western Mosul, Commander Says -- Latin American Herald Tribune
Iraqi City of Mosul to Be Fully Liberated From Daesh Within One Month -- Sputnik

Satellite Images Show What Life Is Like In ISIS Controlled Raqqa



CNN: Satellite captures rare snapshot of life in Raqqa

Irbil, Iraq (CNN)Raqqa is perhaps the most isolated, repressed city on earth. Now, more than three years after it was captured by ISIS, chilling new details of the militant stronghold in Syria have emerged.

Satellite images provided to CNN by McKenzie Intelligence Services (MIS) show a city held hostage by terror. The aerial shots show checkpoints, ISIS flags dominating the skyline and bridges cut off from the world by US-led coalition airstrikes, among other intriguing details.

Stuart Ray, an MIS analyst, said the satellite images, taken on March 26, showed signs of normal daily life in Raqqa, and not as much destruction from the airstrikes as might have been expected.

He said the buildings that had been hit seemed to remain relatively intact, as did some of the infrastructure, although that doesn't mean the infrastructure is necessarily working. Ray added that from what can be seen in these snapshots, it did not look like a city damaged by battle, or under siege -- even though the latter is increasingly true.

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WNU Editor: There are 400,000 civilians trapped in Raqqa .... UN 'deeply concerned' over safety of 400,000 civilians fleeing US-led coalition airstrikes in Raqqa (RT). And with the war intensifying .... Pitched Battles in Syria Reported Near IS Raqqa Stronghold (VOA News) .... ISIS leaders are (apparently) fleeing the city ... Daesh Leaders Fleeing 'Wrath of the Euphrates' in Raqqa Head for Deir ez-Zor (Sputnik).

Turkey Launches Air Strikes Against U.S. Backed Kurdish Fighters Battling The Islamic State In Syria And Iraq





Washington Post: Turkey expands strikes against Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq — Turkey stepped up its bombing campaign Tuesday against Kurdish militants outside its borders, killing as many as 20 U.S.-backed fighters in Syria and expanding its strikes in Iraq, an escalation that could complicate efforts to combat the Islamic State.

The predawn raids drew swift rebukes from the United States and Iraq, which accused Turkey of not properly coordinating the strikes. The government of the Iraqi region of Kurdistan described the strikes as “painful and unacceptable” after five of its peshmerga fighters were killed in an apparent misfire.

The Turkish military said the raids targeted “terrorist hotbeds” and supply routes used by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to smuggle ammunition, arms and explosive material into Turkey, where it is waging an insurgency.

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WNU Editor: No kidding .... US 'deeply concerned' after Turkey bombs allies in Iraq and Syria (CNN).

More News On Turkey Launching Air Strikes Against U.S. Backed Kurdish Fighters Battling The Islamic State In Syria And Iraq

Turkish jets strike Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq's Sinjar -- Reuters
Turkey strikes Kurds in Iraq, Syria, drawing condemnation -- AP
Turkey air strikes on Kurds in Syria and Iraq spark US concern -- BBC
Turkish airstrikes kill US-backed Kurdish forces battling ISIS -- CNN
Turkish jets bomb US-backed forces in Iraq, Syria, US officials say -- FOX News
Turkey launches airstrikes against U.S.-backed Kurds in Iraq, Syria -- Washington Times
Turkish strikes kill Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq -- AFP
Turkey targets Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria -- Al Jazeera
Turkey bombs Kurdish-held areas in Iraq & Syria, says ‘terrorists’ targeted -- RT
Kurds call on US to set up no-fly zone after Turkish attacks -- Al-Monitor

Did The NSA Used A Blimp To 'Spy' In The U.S.?


Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept: NSA Blimp Spied In The United States

TO RESIDENTS OF MARYLAND, catching an occasional glimpse of a huge white blimp floating in the sky is not unusual. For more than a decade, the military has used the state as a proving ground for new airships destined for Afghanistan or Iraq. But less known is that the test flights have sometimes served a more secretive purpose involving National Security Agency surveillance.

Back in 2004, a division of the NSA called the National Tactical Integration Office fitted a 62-foot diameter airship called the Hover Hammer with an eavesdropping device, according to a classified document published Monday by The Intercept. The agency launched the three-engine airship at an airfield near Solomons Island, Maryland. And from there, the blimp was able to vacuum up “international shipping data emanating from the Long Island, New York area,” the document says. The spy equipment on the airship was called Digital Receiver Technology — a proprietary system manufactured by a Maryland-based company of the same name — which can intercept wireless communications, including cellphone calls.

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More News On Reports That The NSA Used A Blimp To Gather Information On Americans

Bulletproof NSA spy blimp that could listen in on cell phone calls 'spied on New York,' shocking leaked documents claim -- Daily Mail
Snowden document: NSA launched spy balloon test from Solomons Island -- Baltimore Sun
The Intercept publishes details on Maryland’s other surveillance blimp -- Baltimore
NSA’s ‘Hover Hammer’ Spied on ‘International’ New York Shipping Data -- Sputnik
The NSA's Eye in the Sky: Blimp Spies on Americans -- New American

Air Force To Test A Minuteman III Missile On Wednesday

Minuteman III missile. Military.com

L.A. Times: U.S. Air Force to launch test missile off Central California coast

An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile will be launched Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base to test the weapon’s effectiveness, accuracy and readiness, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.

The Minuteman III missile test launch will occur between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. from the north end of the base near Lompoc, according to Vandenberg’s 30th Space Wing. The 576th Flight Test Squadron, which will help oversee the operational test launch, is responsible for telemetry, tracking and command destruct systems on the missile.

In a statement, Col. Chris Moss, Vandenberg’s 30th Space Wing commander, said missile launches are “essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities.”

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Update: Air Force to test ICBM Wednesday amid North Korea tensions -- Washington Examiner

WNU Editor: With North Korean tensions sky-high .... the timing of this test is making some speculate that it is a message to North Korea.

US Nuclear Sub Makes Port Call In Busan, South Korea (Update)



BBC: North Korea tensions: US submarine arrives in South Korea

A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test.

The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.

North Korea is celebrating its army's 85th founding anniversary on Tuesday. It marked the event with a large-scale firing drill, South Korea said.

Tensions have risen in the area in recent weeks, with the US and North Korea exchanging heated rhetoric.

Experts fear Pyongyang could be planning more tests - it has marked some key anniversaries in the past with nuclear tests or missile launches.

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More News On The US Nuclear Sub USS Michigan Making A Port Of Call In Busan, South Korea

North Korea remains defiant as US submarine makes port call in Busan -- The Australian/WSJ
US Navy guided-missile sub calls in South Korea -- CNN
US nuclear sub makes port call in South Korea -- Nikkei Asian Review
US Sub Makes Port Call In South Korea Just In Time For North Korea Military Parade -- TASK & Purpose
USS Michigan, locked, docked and loaded, is a missile-packed powerhouse -- FOX News
US nuclear sub docks in S. Korea amid reports of massive artillery drills by North -- RT
US Submarine USS Michigan In South Korea -- Eurasia Review

Japan Tells Citizens They Will Only Have A 10 Minute Warning In The Event of A North Korean Missile Attack


Washington Post: Japan warns citizens they might have only 10 minutes to prepare for a North Korean missile

TOKYO — North Korea might be talking about building missiles that can reach the United States, but Kim Jong Un’s regime already has lots of missiles that can reach Japan. So the Japanese government is preparing its citizens in case a missile comes their way — possibly with less than 10 minutes’ warning.

The prime minister’s office issued new “actions to protect yourself” guidelines this week, including for the first time instructions on how to respond if a North Korean ballistic missile is heading toward Japan.

Three of the four missiles that North Korea launched March 6 fell within Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, the body of water that separates Japan and the Korean Peninsula. North Korea later said that it was practicing to hit U.S. military bases in Japan.

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More News On Japan Telling Its Citizens That They Will Only Have A 10 Minute Warning In The Event of A North Korean Missile Attack

Japan has only 10 minutes to take cover after North Korean missile launch, officials say -- FOX News
Japanese citizens have 10 minutes to prepare for a North Korean nuclear attack -- The Independent
People in Japan Are Being Told They Have Just 10 Minutes to Prepare for a North Korean Missile Attack -- TIME
Japan warns citizens they only have 10 MINUTES to prepare for North Korea strike -- The Express
10-minute warning: Japan instructs citizens on potential North Korea strike -- RT
Japan tells citizens they can only expect 10-minute warning of a North Korea missile attack -- Global News
Japan Releases "What To Do If North Korea Nukes You" Guide -- Ryan Pickrell, National Interest

North Korea Holds 'Largest Ever' Artillery Drill Marking Its Military Anniversary



Daily Mail: North Korea holds 'largest ever' drill marking military anniversary as US guided-missile submarine arrives in South Korea and analyst warns America 'could stumble needlessly' into war

* The North marked military anniversary with massive firing drill on Tuesday
* Meanwhile, a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea officials said
* A government source says the exercise was the North's 'largest ever'
* It was also presumed to have been overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un, sources say
* President Donald Trump said dictator Jong-Un isn't as strong as he claims to be
* Trump blamed the international community for not doing more to rein him in
* Senior analyst, Jonathan Pollack, warned US 'could stumble needlessly' into war with North Korea

South Korea's military said Tuesday that North Korea held massive live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military.

The exercise took place as a US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the US, Japan and South Korea met in

Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles program.

Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army.

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WNU Editor The above video is the North Korean artillery drill.



More News On North Korea Holding Its 'Largest Ever' Artillery Drill On Its Military Anniversary

South Korea confirms North Korean live-fire drill on army anniversary -- Reuters
North Korea celebrates as South Korea, US keep watch -- AP
N. Korea stages firing drill marking military anniv.: source -- Yonhap News Agency
North Korea marks anniversary with massive artillery drill -- CNN
Reports of North Korea artillery drill as US submarine makes South Korea port call -- CNBC/Reuters
North Korea stages largest ever artillery firing to mark military anniversary -- The Independent
US, allies on high alert as North Korea holds firing drill -- Nikkei Asian Review
What N Korea's Massive Artillery Drills Really Say About Pyongyang's Intentions -- Sputnik

White House To Host U.S. Senate For Classified Briefing On North Korea



Reuters: Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing

Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday.

While administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy matters, it is unusual for the entire Senate to go to the White House, and for all four of those officials to be involved.

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WNU Editor: Phone conversations with Chinese President Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Sudan night. U.S. military assets being positioned near North Korea. A massive terror drill exercise to be held in Washington DC this Wednesday. And now this White House briefing for the entire US Senate on North Korea. Bottom line .... this can't be good.

More News On The White House Hosting For The U.S. Senate A Classified Briefing On North Korea

Entire Senate invited to White House for classified briefing on North Korea from Mattis, Tillerson and top military and intelligence officials -- Daily Mail/AFP
Entire Senate to visit White House this week for North Korea briefing -- UPI
North Korea nuclear: White House calls Senate to briefing -- BBC
Donald Trump invites entire Senate to White House for North Korea briefing -- The Guardian
Donald Trump summons entire US Senate for top-level White House briefing on North Korea -- The Independent
Entire Senate being called to White House for North Korea briefing -- FOX News
US Senators to Get Rare Briefing at White House on North Korea Threat -- VOA
Entire US Senate to descend on White House for N. Korea briefing -- RT
US Senate summoned to White House for North Korea briefing amid rising tensions -- International Business Times

Huge Terror Drill Exercise Planned For Washington DC On Wednesday


The Hill: 'Full-scale' terror attack drill planned for DC area on Wednesday

Officials in the Washington, D.C. area will conduct a “full-scale” drill on Wednesday to train for possible terrorist attacks.

The drill will occur across six sites in D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland and will include hundreds of volunteer actors, emergency medical personnel, police and fire officials.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments announced the exercise in a press release on Tuesday.

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More News On Tomorrow's Huge Terror Drill Exercise In Washington DC

DC plans 'full-scale' terror attack drill, amid NK tensions -- FOX News
D.C. region to host ‘full-scale’ counterterrorism drill Wednesday -- Washington Times
Terrorism in America: US Capital to Hold Terror Attack Drill with Full-Scale Exercise -- Newsweek
'Full scale' terror-attack drill to take place in Washington DC -- International Business Times
Washington D.C. To Hold Massive "Coordinated Terror Attack" Drill This Wednesday -- Zero Hedge

Australia And New Zealand Mark Anzac Day



The Australian: Anzac Day 2017: Thousands turn out for dawn services

Anzac Day 2017: Thousands have gathered for Dawn Services and marches across Australia and New Zealand to commemorate Anzac Day and the Gallipoli landing.

Less than 1000 pilgrims attended the dawn service at Gallipoli making for an intimate commemoration of the birth of Australia and New Zealand’s tenacious military defence that spawned the legend of the Anzac as the sun rose over the Dardanelles.

It was the lowest turnout of Australians and New Zealanders marking their respects to the diggers since records and registration began more than a decade ago, attributed in large part to the specific terror threat levelled against the Anzac Day service and the ongoing security unrest in Istanbul, the main gateway for tourists. Officials said 857 people and 151 VIP’s attended the morning service.

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More News On Australia And New Zealand Marking Anzac Day

Anzac Day 2017 sees thousands of Aussies mark Gallipoli anniversary with emotional ceremony in Turkey as Boris Johnson lays wreath at the Cenotaph -- The SUN
Live: Anzac Day services around the Bay -- New Zeland Herald
Aucklanders gather to commemorate Anzac Day -- Stuff
Thousands line streets for Sydney's Anzac Day march -- Sydney Morning Herald
Australians turn out to honour Anzacs at dawn service ceremonies -- Newscom.au
Large crowds as Australia and New Zealand mark Anzac Day -- AFP
Anzac Day: US troops among Australian allies honoured at Darwin dawn service -- ABC
Anzac Day marked by thousands in Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux -- ABC
Anzac Day: How it came to occupy a sacred place in Australians' hearts -- Carolyn Holbrook, ABC News Online

Editor's Note

I have to take care of a lot of personal stuff today .... with the need to file my income tax at the top of the list (in Canada it has to be done before the end of April). I should be back to blogging around 15:00 EST Tuesday.

Update 16:15 EST: Finally finished everything. Blogging will resume within the hour. World News Briefs and Military and Intelligence News Briefs will return tomorrow.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nuclear Submarine USS Michigan Set To Join USS Carl Vinson Near S. Korea

SEALs and divers from SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team (SDVT) 1 swim back to the guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) during an exercise for certification on SEAL delivery vehicle operations in the southern Pacific Ocean. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Kirsop

FOX News: North Korea tensions: USS Michigan submarine to enter South Korean port

The USS Michigan, a nuclear powered Ohio class submarine will pull into the South Korean port of Busan for a hull check in the coming hours, military sources confirmed Monday to Fox News.

The Ohio class submarine will later join the USS Vinson aircraft carrier strike group for exercises in the Sea of Japan.

According to senior U.S. defense officials, the USS Vinson aircraft carrier strike group is near the Tokara Strait having just left the Philippine Sea and is joined by two Japanese destroyers.

When asked about the USS Michigan, Lieutenant commander Matt Knight with U.S. Pacific Fleet told Fox News in a statement the submarine was on "routine deployment."

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More News On The Nuclear Submarine USS Michigan Joining The USS Carl Vinson Near S. Korea

Report: Nuclear-powered USS Michigan to arrive in South Korea -- UPI
USS Michigan nuclear sub heads to South Korea -- CNN
Missile submarine joining US naval 'armada' bound for Korean Peninsula -- Defense News
A nuclear-powered submarine is joining the USS Carl Vinson near North Korea as tensions flare -- Business Insider
USS submarine set to join USS Carl Vinson in drills near S. Korea -- Yonhap News