President Donald Trump made a power move by deploying some of America’s newest fighter jets to South Korea to take part in joint training that includes South Korean personnel and U.S. Marines.
The Korea Herald reported that several stealth fighters conducted bombing practice on the Korean Peninsula earlier this week.
The U.S. Marine Corps F-35 Lightning II aircraft reportedly returned to Japan after taking part in the Korea Marine Exercise Program defense drills.
F-35 fighters are a “quantum leap in air dominance capability with enhanced lethality and survivability in hostile, anti-access airspace environments,” according to Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the fighters.
These jets ought to give older, less advanced North Korean fighter jets more than a run for their money. North Korea’s most numerous fighter aircraft is the MiG-21, which has undergone many updates after being developed early in the jet age.
The deployment of the F-35s came as North Korea conducted several nuclear weapons tests last week, CNN reported.
The Herald reported that Gen. Vincent Brooks said in a statement that the deployment of “the most advanced aircraft the USMC has in their inventory to Korea” was an example of how dedicated the U.S. was to supporting South Korea, adding that the training was “critical for our alliance as we maintain security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”
The United States Forces Korea did not provide additional details regarding the exact date of the mission or the number of fighter jets that were deployed.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has repeatedly flexed his military muscle with missile tests and acts of aggression, and while former Presdent Barack Obama might have allowed Kim to play around, it doesn’t look like the Trump administration is going to follow that example.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that North Korea’s reckless agenda must be stopped, and one way to do that would be to arm our allies with stealth fighters that Kim would never see coming.
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