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Russian Su-27 intercepts US B-52 bomber over Baltic
A Russian Su-27 fighter jet was deployed to intercept a US B-52 strategic bomber over the Baltic Sea as the American warplane was flying along the Russian border, the Russian Defense Ministry reports.
Russia’s air defense detected the aircraft on Tuesday morning at around 7:00 GMT, the statement said. The Su-27 of the Russian Baltic Fleet was deployed in response and shadowed the American aircraft after identifying it, as the bomber was flying in neutral airspace over the Baltic Sea along the border, the ministry said.
US nuclear-powered attack submarine docks in S. Korea
Cheyenne was the first ship to launch Tomahawk missiles in Operation Iraqi Freedom under the command of CDR Charles Doty. Cheyenne would go on to successfully launch her entire complement of Tomahawks, earning a “clean sweep” for combat actions in the final three months of a nine-month deployment.
This dubbed her “First To Strike”. Her motto is “Ride the Legend”.
USS Cheyenne was the final Los Angeles–class submarine built by Newport News Shipyards. Following the construction of USS Cheyenne, Newport News began preparation for construction of the Virginia-class submarine.
Trump has made it his administration’s priority to halt the North Korean missile and nuclear programs, which have accelerated under Kim Jong-un. The latest missile launched by Pyongyang on May 28 flew 450km before landing in the Sea of Japan, about 300km off the Japanese coast.
The nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Cheyenne docked in the southern port city of Busan on Tuesday after visiting Japan last month, where it conducted drills with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.
While Washington has yet to elaborate on the submarine’s mission to the Peninsula, an anonymous military official told Yonhap News that the USS Cheyenne is not scheduled to participate in any drills in the region.
The submarine carries Tomahawk missiles that have a maximum target range of 3,000km. Measuring more than 362 feet long, the sub is capable of executing anti-submarine, anti-surface ship and strike warfare.
It is the same submarine class that the US used in April to unleash dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase, from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched in Idlib province.
Last month, while discussing North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, US President Donald Trump told his Philippines counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, that the United States has a lot of “fire power” in the region to counter the North Korean threat.
“We have two submarines – the best in the world – we have two nuclear submarines – not that we want to use them at all,” Trump said.
In late April, missile-armed USS Michigan also docked in South Korea just as the incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson approached the Peninsula.
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