U.S. Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine Makes Rare Appearance in Guam

【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: Youlanzide  Translator: Ranting

CNN reported on Jan. 17 that one of the U.S. Navy’s most powerful weapons, a ballistic missile submarine, made a rare stop in Guam last week. At a time when the situation in the Taiwan Strait is unstable and North Korea is shooting bombs frequently, the U.S. military’s move is clearly intended to send a clear message to allies and enemies alike.

The Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarine USS Nevada, carrying 20 Trident ballistic missiles and dozens of nuclear warheads, reportedly sailed into the U.S. Naval Base Guam on Jan. 15. It was the first visit to Guam by a ballistic missile submarine since 2016, and the 2nd public visit since the 1980s.

The Navy said through a statement that the port visit was designed to strengthen U.S. cooperation with regional allies while demonstrating U.S. warfighting prowess, flexibility, responsiveness and an ongoing commitment to security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Image from twitter.com/USNavy

In this regard, analysts believe that with the situation in the Taiwan Strait leading to tight relations between the United States and China, coupled with North Korea’s increased missile testing, Washington to use ballistic missile submarines to show the tough attitude of the Chinese Communist Party and North Korea.

Thomas Shugart, a retired U.S. submarine captain and current analyst at the Center for a New American Security, said the U.S. move was designed to send a message that “whether intentionally or unintentionally, we can put 100+ nuclear warheads on your doorstep and you won’t even know it, and if you do, you can’t do anything about it,” while rivals such as the Chinese Communist Party can’t do the same.

It is reported that North Korea’s ballistic missile submarine program is just getting started at this stage. For its part, Communist China is estimated to be dwarfed by the U.S. Navy with six such submarines.

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