RNZAF confirms military exercises in threatened Guam


Just a month before a squadron of B1-B lancers, B52's and B2-Spirit Stealth bombers conducted training exercises in and around the skies of Guam and the Marianas leading North Korea to release a statement saying they will "whet more sharply the treasured sword of nuclear weapons of justice" and "all the US military bases in the operational theatre in the pacific including Guam will face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack to be mounted by the army of the DPRK".

Japanese soldiers use rubber rafts as part of an amphibious drill during joint military exercises on May 13 with US, French and United Kingdom forces on Naval Base Guam.

Charfauros in his statement Wednesday morning urged calm and said defences are in place on Guam and its neighboring Pacific islands for threats such as North Korea.

The North Korean army said on Wednesday it was examining an operational plan for attacking Guam to contain the United States bases there, sending a shiver of fear through people living on the island.

The U.S. B1-B bombers that are deployed to the Asia Pacific are based at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.

Earlier North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam after U.S. President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to his country would be met with "fire and fury".

Known as the "Tip of the Spear", Guam, just a speck in the Pacific Ocean, is vital to the United States military's presence in the region and is home to thousands of American service members and key bases.

The submarine tender USS Emory S Land AS 39 provides support services to the various Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines and the Ohio-class guided-missile submarines at Polaris Point, Guam.

"With that said, I want to ensure that we are prepared for any eventuality".

Madeleine Bordallo, Guam's delegate to the US Congress, said North Korea's nuclear capabilities were "deeply troubling" but she was confident the island was safe and protected.

"GUAMEX will include multiple aircraft and subsurface assets from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and the U.S., who will collaborate to strengthen personal relationships between these countries", Task Force 72 Lt. Christi Morrissey said in a release last month.