South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported on Monday that
the USS Michigan, a submarine that sometimes moves special forces
like US Navy SEALs, would join the USS Carl Vinson aircraft
carrier strike group off of North Korea’s coast.
Sure enough, on Tuesday, the Michigan, a guided-missile,
nuclear-powered submarine, appeared in Busan, South Korea,
Fox News reported.
But Yonhap also reported on March 13 that SEAL
Team 6 was training alongside South Korea’s version of the SEALs
for “incapacitating” North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
The US Navy has refused to comment on the movements of SEAL Team
6, the group of Navy SEALs who took out Osama bin Laden in 2011,
to Business Insider, and it normally doesn’t advertise the
whereabouts of its submarines, as the craft are meant to be
The Pentagon told Business Insider in March that
the US did not train for decapitation strikes of any kind, but it
would not confirm or deny the presence of the SEALs in Korea.
There has been a flurry of activity on the peninsula recently.
Each March, the US and South Korea conduct Foal Eagle and Key Resolve military drills,
which bring a wide range of soldiers and platforms to the region.
North Korea also in April celebrates the anniversary of the birth of its founder, Kim
Il Sung, and the founding of its army. This year’s military
parade unveiled an unexpected bounty of new missile types and
modifications in North Korea’s inventory, with some of them
proving particularly troubling for
Meanwhile, the US has signaled a new confidence in its military
options against the Kim regime, with President Donald Trump at
one point saying, “If China is not going to solve North
Korea, we will.”
The Michigan adds a stealth element and an extra set of eyes and
ears to the already potent carrier strike group on North Korea’s
coast, but it doesn’t add much firepower — US Navy destroyers
accompanying the Vinson already have the kind of Tomahawk
missiles the Michigan has.
Though the North Koreans have threatened to sink the Vinson, US
Pacific Command’s Adm. Harry Harris told Congress on Wednesday
that as far as North Korea’s missile threats to the Vinson go,
“If it flies, it will die.”
But experts have…