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Mega Radar and U.S. Destroyer Tasked Closer to Korea

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SBX006_hiresThe Pentagon is sending the USS John S McCain (DDG-56) and the oil-derrick size radar, SBX-1 closer to North Korea, according to several news reports.
McCain left Monday from Yokosuka, Japan towards the Korean peninsula. The Arleigh Burke destroyer fields an Aegis system upgraded able to perform ballistic missile defense (BMD) missions.
The SBX-1, CNN reported, was also positioned closer to North Korea. The powerful and mobile radar is part of the U.S. ballistic missile defense network. It’s designed to detect and track long-range ballistic missiles in midcourse. In the past the radar has been used to track North Korean missile and rocket tests.
The movement of the two assets could be in advance of, “other naval deployments,” CNN reported. In recent periods of tension with North Korea the U.S. has deployed the USS George Washington (CVN-73) carrier strike group to Korea.
In the last week, the U.S. has sent two F-22 Raptor fighters on static display in South Korea as well as conducted simulated bomb runs with B-2 Spirit stealth bombers.

Categories: Foreign Forces, Surface Forces, U.S. Navy
Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.

  • james r.

    Another not! to well thought-out move by the Obama administration both USS McCain,& SBX complex are sitting “dead ducks” in the water! for China’s DF-21 D missile. PLA is on Alert Status One.