The United States (US), which supports Israel's massacre in Gaza, decided to reinforce its bases in the Middle East, while at the same time conducting exercises against the North Korean threat. At a time of increasing nuclear threats from North Korea, the US conducted a combined anti-submarine warfare exercise with South Korea. The “silent shark” exercise, many phases of which were completed this month, took place in the South Korea-US-Japan alliance with the support of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan.
The navies conducted the exercise near Guam. The United States Navy's fast attack submarine Topeka met with South Korea's diesel-electric submarine Jung Ji, maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft from the Navy's Patrol Squadron 8 and South Korean Navy Squadron 611. James Fulks, commander of the Topeka, stated that the exercise promotes democracy and ensures security for the region. He emphasized that Topeka, previously based in Guam, was now stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.