January 29, 2020 09:56
U.S. special operations aircraft have been flying over the Korean Peninsula to keep up pressure on North Korea as it appears to limber up to a fresh provocation.
The last such plane was a C-146A Wolfhound tactical transport aircraft that repeatedly flew between Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek and the West Sea and Japan last weekend, a military spokesman here said Tuesday.
The C-146A is normally used to transport plainclothes U.S. special troops to operations chiefly in the Middle East and Africa. Last week an MC-130J Commando special operations tanker that is also used to carry special forces buzzed Japanese skies.
A flurry of their activities were traced on CivMilAir, a Twitter account tracking civilian and military aircraft.
The U.S. also recently deployed an MQ-4C Triton high-altitude drone with the Seventh Fleet, whose area of operations includes the Korean Peninsula.
A U.S. military spokesman said, "The introduction of MQ-4C Triton to the Seventh Fleet area of operations expands the reach of the U.S. Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance force in the Western Pacific."
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