A large number of U.S. troops and tens of thousands of sophisticated weapons to step up to the Guam buildup
1 18, arrived in Guam, the U.S. military base in F-22A Raptor fighter jets
12 架 U.S. Air Force’s most advanced F-22″ Raptor “fighter has been in place
newspaper correspondent/Zhang Zhuo
tens of thousands of U.S. military and stationed a large number of sophisticated weapons, will make this crowded
as the focus of U.S. military strategy of gradually moving eastward, Guam in the U.S. military strategy in the Asia-Pacific’s status gradually improved. In order to build into the future the U.S. military in Guam, Western Pacific regional power projection center, the U.S. military has massive construction projects in Guam, and large numbers of troops ready to deploy here. Recently, 12 U.S. Air Force’s most advanced F-22 “Raptor” fighter has been in place, three-month rotation program.
F-22 arrived at the Guam garrison
According to the U.S., “Defense News” website recently reported that 12 from Alaska’s Elmendorf Air Force Base F-22 “Raptor” fighter 18, arrived in Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base, a 3-month garrison tasks. Expected stationed during, F-22 fighter jets will be deployed in a number of strategic bomber exercises and training activities started in order to train pilots to become familiar with and adapt to the Western Pacific region weather conditions and combat environments.
in the F-22 coming at the same time, Guam’s military enhancement program which is also in full swing. The Associated Press recently reported that in the next six years, nearly 25,000 soldiers, family members and civilian Department of Defense will come to Guam, the island they will become the center of the U.S. military in the Pacific. The transformation of Guam to spend at least $ 15 billion. This will be completed in 2014, the U.S. military build-up plan in the Pacific represents a major adjustment.
according to the US-Japan agreement, originally stationed in Okinawa, the U.S. 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force half of the staff of about 8,000 people will be deployed to Guam, it will be the U.S. Marines overseas permanent build-up and the second largest training base.
Guam, the U.S. Navy has deployed 3 “Los Angeles” nuclear attack submarine, a “nuclear change often” and “Ohio”-class strategic nuclear submarine, at the same time, the U.S. military is still on the island of Appleton pull the naval port for expansion to meet the officers and men to Zhubo contains 5000′s “George Washington” aircraft carrier capability. Apra U.S. naval base may also be deployed in the Western Pacific region’s second aircraft carrier home port. Guam, the U.S. Army hopes to deploy a ballistic missile defense special forces, about 630 soldiers and 1,000 entourage. Air Force, U.S. B-2A, B-52H bombers are often deployed at Andersen Air Force Base rotation, which has become the U.S. Air Force Base to build long-range strategic bombers in the four overseas bases. The future, “Global Hawk” unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, F-22 “Raptor” fighter and tanker aircraft will be “settled” Guam. Andersen Air Force Base under construction worth $ 242 million of long-range combat support training camps.
Guam will be crowded
Guam in the past although the U.S. has been the sea, and air forces of the assembled powerhouse, but never had such a large number of ground forces bearing, local infrastructure for the upcoming terms of troops and their families will be a challenge. Guam Governor Felix Camacho pointed out that currently, Guam has a total of 17.1 million people, including persons associated with the force of 1.4 million people. Only deploy to the Marine Corps since 8000, accompanied by 9,000 family members there. The next five years, the number of military personnel and their families will grow to 40,000 in size, the number of growth than it is now 3 times. This is for the local people of Guam, the proliferation of so many people within a short time is difficult to bear, the quality of life of local people will certainly be affected. Therefore, Camacho called on the U.S. federal government to actively consider the status of the local infrastructure in Guam, Guam, carrying personnel invested to enhance surge capacity.
In fact, the infrastructure for the current situation in Guam, Guam, the U.S. military has begun to re-plan the layout of the military regions. On the one hand, Guam need to build new barracks, dormitories and family area, convenient to the officers and men to live, but also need to build a new training ground. On the other hand, power, water, transportation, health facilities also need to enhance the building. Otherwise, when the personnel in place, the entire Guam will be crowded.
Guam officials pointed out that the current construction boom in Guam to meet the U.S. there is a serious bottleneck that port capacity is insufficient. Next civilian Apra Outer Guam (for military bases in Hong Kong) the amount of container logistics is now six times, if we do not expand the size of Apra Outer Harbor, the future delivery of construction materials and equipment of vessels will the port congestion.
News Analysis: West Pacific military town
Guam, the U.S. regardless of the local carrying capacity, actively promoting military construction, mainly due to the recent adjustment in the U.S., Guam is becoming increasingly important, has evolved into the U.S. military in the Western Pacific region, “power projection center.” The future, once something happens in East Asia, the U.S. military intervention options, U.S. military equipment deployed in Guam, who will play a crucial role.
Geographically, the Western Pacific, Guam is located in the center, and the U.S. military base northeast of subunits in Southeast Asia and other 30 places on base base base base-line network form. Guam also various types of U.S. Navy ships, especially aircraft carrier battle groups into the western Pacific Ocean must pass through. According to reports, U.S. strategic bombers took off from here, you can arrive within 12 hours of the Asia-Pacific region’s airspace, the Korean peninsula as long as five hours to Taiwan only 3 hours. The U.S. nuclear submarine from Guam to the mainland coast of China, China Taiwan and the Philippines around the only two to three days. (Zhang Zhuo)
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