U.S. nuclear-powered submarine arrives in South Korean port
The USS Mississippi (SSN-782), a nuclear reactor-powered United States submarine, entered the port of Busan on Monday as part of the vessel's maiden voyage to the Asian region, the U.S. military said Monday, according to Yonhap News Agency.
The 7,800-ton Virginia-class attack submarine is one of the U.S. Navy's newest vessels, having started its mission with the U.S. Pacific Fleet in June 2012, Yonhap News Agency reported.
"With a crew of approximately 141 sailors, the Mississippi will conduct a multitude of missions while maintaining proficiency of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet," the Submarine Group Seven said in its statement.
Read alsoN. Korean leader warns Seoul's govt organizations will be destroyedThe vessel's max submerged speed is 34 knots and it is equipped with 12 vertical missile launchers. It can carry both torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.
"The Mississippi's visit is essential to the strengthening and broadening of the U.S. and Republic of Korea's bilateral relationship, while expanding the existing strong Navy-to-Navy bond," the statement said.