‘The calm before the storm’
Delta Force operators and SEAL teams are headed to the Korean Peninsula to ‘decapitate’ the North Korean leadership.
Today, the South Korean and U.S. navies kicked off massive combined drills on the Korean peninsula amid escalating tensions, a training exercise which North Korea has warned may prompt another ballistic missile launch that might coincide with China’s 19th Communist Party Congress this week. The two allies will conduct the Maritime Counter Special Operations Exercise (MCSOFEX) in the East Sea and the Yellow Sea for the next six days.
The drill involves the U.S. 7th Fleet’s aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers – the USS Stethem (DDG-63) and the USS Mustin (DDG-89). The carrier strike group will train with South Korean warships and other defense assets, such as the Sejong Great Aegis ship and P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft off the coast.
And while details of the drill were well-known in advance, what was reported for the first time overnight from Yonhap is the deployment of U.S. special forces tasked with carrying out “decapitation” ops. They are known to be aboard a few nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers in the region, and are said to be SEAL Team 6 and top secret ‘hybrid teams and platforms.’
Among other assets mobilized for the joint drill are F-15K, FA-18 and A-10 fighter jets, as well as AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, Lynx and AW-159 Wild Cat naval choppers. The U.S. has also deployed a Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) plane to closely monitor the North’s infantry, air and naval forces.
The joint training is aimed at promoting “communications, inter-operability and partnership in the (U.S.) 7th Fleet area of operations,” said a DOD spox. It initially announced that the practice around the peninsula will end next Thursday but later extended the date through the weekend. Meanwhile, the U.S. has sent multiple B-1B Lancer strategic bombers, F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets and several other types of high-profile defense assets to the Seoul air show due to open this week.
“Approximately 200 U.S. personnel are expected to participate in the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2017, scheduled from Oct. 17-22 at the Seoul K-16 airport,” the 7th Air Force said.
The South Korean government of President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly said that it is against a US pre-emptive strike because it could morph into a full-blown catastrophe with South Koreans suffering the most casualties (analysts say about 2 million South Koreans could die if the North Koreans retaliate).
We think war with the North is inevitable, and US military planners will use graphite bombs and EMP-mega pulse munitions to essentially paralyze the North before they can fire off any conventional arms. Hybrid warfare will be utilized on a whole new scale, combining kinetic operations with subversive efforts by SEALS and other spec-op teams and technological applications of ‘non-linear’ combat will confuse the North Koreans into submission. This is the ‘calm before the storm.’
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