A Rare Visit by a U.S. Nuclear Submarines for Guam Base in the Pacific Ocean

Translated by:  MOS Education Team – Chimeiwangliang

On Saturday, January 15th, a U.S. Navy submarine carrying dozens of nuclear warheads sailed into a Pacific base for a rare visit, which the Navy said was a message to allies in the region.

It is reported that Nevada, a nuclear-powered submarine that served in 1986, carries up to 20 Trident II ballistic missiles and dozens of nuclear warheads.  According to CNN, the submarine visited the U.S. Guam Naval Base on January 15, was the first visit of this type of submarine since 2016.

In a statement, the U.S. Navy said that the visit strengthened cooperation between the United States and allies in the region.  It also demonstrates the ability, flexibility, and readiness of the United States and its continuous commitment to security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The visit took place under increasing tensions between Washington and Beijing.  The United States supports Taiwan’s position especially on the Taiwan issues.

Last December, the United States and Japan drafted an emergency military plan to prepare for a potential conflict between the Chinese Communist Party State and Taiwan.  In the same month, the Pentagon warned that the Chinese Communist Party State was likely to invade Taiwan.

Two months ago, U.S. President Biden said that if the Chinese Communist Party State tried to forcibly reunify Taiwan with the mainland, the United States would be committed to defending Taiwan.

The Chinese Communist Party State threatened to take strict measures, if Taiwan independence forces provoke, use force, or even break through any red line.

Taipei believes that Taiwan is an independent country, but Beijing believes that the island is part of its territory and vows to unify the two.

Guam is less than 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) from Taiwan, which is the closest U.S. military base on U.S. territory to mainland China.

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