US MCM_14, Chief, enters the jeju navy base on Sept. 26, 2017 Photo by Park Inchun

According to Park Inchun, it was 9:28:24 am in the morning of Sept. 26 that a USS mine countermeasure ship called ‘USS Chief, MCM-14’ entered the port of Jeju navy base. We haven’t heard the purpose of its visit. But its homeport is Sasebo, Japan. It belongs to the 7th fleet of the US Pacific Command.

Trump does not care to make the Korean peninsula as a battlefield (in the name of alliance!) regardless of Korean citizens’ lives. Jeju is not an exception. In any outbreak of war, Jeju would be one of the launching sites. It can be attacked first. We do picketing for the reason to save innocent young lives who may be first sacrificed in the war, also.

Chief, US Mine Countermeasure ship, Get out of Jeju. Photo by Mangi

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_The Strengthening of invasive launching bases: Iwakuni-Sasebo-Okinawa-Jeju_

According to Koh Young-Dae, SPARK, the US marine bases, Iwakuni, Japan, which has recently been massively consolidated, would be operated as an invasive launching base in linkage with the US navy base, Sasebo, in case of outbreak of Korean or other wars. It was the role of Iwakuni during the Korean war, 1950-1953. Sasebo provided ammunition during the Korean war in the past. It can provide ammunition to possible war or emergency in the Korean peninsula in the future as well. In Sasebo, US assaults ships and mine countermeasure ships are stationed. (It is also known to be one of the strategic points along with Okinawa and Jeju)

Kog Young-Dae has said the Jeju navy base is a foothold for the integrated Ballistic Missile Defense system in the Northeast Asia region. The ROK-US-Japan maritime war exercises occur in the Jeju Sea. The sea between Jeju and Sasebo (located on the same latitude with Jeju) is one spot.

[Aug. 15-31] USNS Henson (T-AGS-63), a pathfinder class oceanographic survey ship, surveyed the Jeju sea water.

[Aug. 30] USS Wasp (LHD-1), a multipurpose amphibious assault ship, leaves toward Sasebo

(*In between, THAAD deployment is completed with the deployment of additional four THAADF launchers in Soseong-ri, Seongju, main land of Korea)

[Sept. 18] The two US strategic bomber B-1B and four F-35 B made joint exercise with four F-15 stealth fighter planes of South Korea in the air over the Korean peninsula. The US military planes which flied from Okinawa and Iwakuni dropped bomb of exercise-use into the firing range in Gangwon province. The total cost of planes mobilized on the day amount around $ 1.6 billion USD
(Hankyoreh, Sept. 18)

[Sept. 21] The United States Forces of Korea visit the Jeju navy base (As of Sept. 21, New York time, there was a ROK-US-Japan summit meeting)

[Sept. 23] US B-1B Lancer and F-15 fighter planes flied to the northern tip of the Demilitarized zone and went to north crossing the Northern Limited Line (NLL) in the east side (So called The East Sea/Japan Sea) (Hankyoreh, Sept. 23)

[Sept. 26] The USS Chief, MCM-14 entered into the Jeju navy base, It belongs to the Pacific fleet of the US navy, Its homeport is Sasebo.

[October] A nuclear-propelled US aircraft carrier assault group including Ronald Reagan is planned to make joint exercise with South Korean navy over the sea water area of the Korean peninsula (Hankyoreh, Sept. 23)

Photo: Mangi(1, 2), Park Inchun (3: USS MCM 14 Chief entering into the Jeju navy base on Sept. 26)

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