US guided-missile submarine, F-35B stealth fighters currently deployed in Western Pacific

The Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrived in Guam January 4, to conduct surveillance, training, and other critical missions in the US 7th Fleet area of operations, according to information published by the US Navy’s Submarine Force Pacific, yesterday, January 11. The US military rarely discloses the location or movements of its nuclear submarine fleet, and the information released is being interpreted as a message of deterrence, according to Taiwan media outlets, including China Times, and Liberty Times.

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US Navy fires missile during live fire exercises in the South China Sea

The US Navy’s 7th Fleet announced today that it had fired a missile during live fire exercises in the the South China Sea, and pundits are interpreting it as a strong signal to China. The 7th Fleet announced on Facebook today that the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Barry, launched a missile, and conducted combat information center operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific. The message was hash-tagged #NavyReadiness. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Wang Ting-yu

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