USA sends a missile submarine for the first time in 30 years

Tuesday, 1 November, 2016 - 12:45

For the first time since the late 1980s a US Navy submarine carrying nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles visits Guam. US and Japanese troops are going to practice amphibious landings on Pacific islands.

The submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) is making a «scheduled port visit» in the Pacific, as the Navy calling.

The Navy said: «This specific visit to Guam reflects the United States' commitment to its allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, and complements the many exercises, training, operations, and other military cooperation activities conducted between the US and its partner nations».

Washington unlikely goes to an open confrontation with the strong competitors as Russia or China. The missiles can also be directed either to the Korean Peninsula or in the Indo-Pakistan region. However, US-South Korean exercises and consultations are going on, the most likely target of it seems to be North Korea.