US Navy nuclear submarine surfaces at Guam base

The US Navy has announced the arrival and departure of a ballistic missile submarine to Guam at the weekend.

It said in a statement that the USS Nevada’s stop in Guam in the Western Pacific was a symbol of the United States’ commitment to the Inso-Pacific region.

Guam itself is a US territory situated some 7,100 miles from the US West Coast, and within touching distance of the Philippines and China.

“The port visit strengthens cooperation between the United States and allies in the region, demonstrating US capability, flexibility, readiness, and continuing commitment to Indo-Pacific regional security and stability,” a US Navy statement said. The Ohio-class class submarine is nuclear powered and among 14 ballistic missile submarines operated by the US Navy, alternatively called “boomers”.

A submarine of that class has not visited Guamn since 2016, and according to CNN was only the second such visit in four decades.

Nor is it ordinary for “boomers” to be photographed outside of their bases.

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