Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Politics: North Korea is threatening to nuke Guam — here’s what the US military has there

USS Oklahoma City.

The US territory is home to two strategic military bases.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" unlike the world had ever seen, and shortly thereafter, Pyongyang responded by saying it might strike Guam.

More specifically, Pyongyang said that it was considering hitting Andersen Air Force Base with medium or long-range ICBMs to "to send a serious warning signal to the US," according to CNN.

Guam, which is a US territory in the Pacific Ocean about 2,200 miles from North Korea, is home to Joint Region Marianas, a US military command that includes Andersen Air Force Base.

Here's what the US military has there.

After the 1898 Spanish-American War, Spain ceded Guam to the US as an unincorporated territory. In 1941, Japan invaded Guam, which it held until US Marines took it back in 1944.

There are about 6,000 US troops currently in Guam, and the US military possesses about one-third of the island's land, which is about 36 miles long and 6-12 miles wide.

The shot above is of airmen from the 644th Combat Communication Squadron after a training exercise in June.

This is Andersen Air Force Base, a strategic launching point for flights over the Korean Peninsula.

A number of B-52 Stratofortress', B-1 Lancers and B-2 Spirits are currently stationed at Andersen in support of US Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence.

This B-1B Lancer, attached to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, just arrived at Andersen Air Force Base from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota on July 26.

Joint Region Marianas, in addition to Andersen Air Force Base, also includes Naval Base Guam, which is pictured below.

The naval base is home to Submarine Squadron 15, which includes the USS Chicago, USS Topeka, USS Key West, and USS Oklahoma City (seen below).

The USS Buffalo, USS Frank Cable and USS Houston is also stationed at the naval base, according to a US Navy spokeswoman.

Naval Special Warfare Unit 1, under which 4 SEAL teams are grouped, is also stationed at the naval base. Below is a sailor from the unit performing a free fall parachute in Guam.

The base is also home to an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit and a
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron.

There is also a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System stationed on the island that can shoot down incoming missiles. While the THAAD system has never been used in a real life scenario, it has been successfully tested multiple times.

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