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US to create new airbase in case of Chinese strike on Guam

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Building up the PRC's military power and strengthening its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region is one of the main headaches of the United States in the context of American foreign policy in Southeast and East Asia.


The United States is well aware that if an armed confrontation with China unfolds in the APR, then first of all, the American allies and satellites in the region - Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, as well as American military bases, including the base United States Air Force Andersen in Guam, and Hawaii. Therefore, as insurance in Washington, they are going to create a new military base so that a strike on targets in Guam could not paralyze the American air force in the region.

Of course, as the author of the American edition of The Drive, Tyler Rogoway, writes, Andersen's base in Guam is not as vulnerable as American facilities in Japan or South Korea, but now China is actively developing the capabilities of both ballistic missiles and strategic bomber aviation, and it is not worth excluding the risks of strikes on Guam: the island in any case will be susceptible to attacks by the PLA.

Another consideration that guides the US military in emphasizing the need to build a second base is the high risk of natural disasters in the specified region. Not only Chinese missiles, but also natural disasters can lead to the fact that in an instant the United States can lose its most important air force base in the Pacific Ocean.


In the United States, they considered that an alternative could be a base on the island of Tinian. It is she who is considered as an alternative to the base on Guam.

Tinian Island is located 100 miles north of Guam and is part of the Northern Mariana Islands, an unincorporated organized territory of the United States. In 1944, the North Field American Air Force Base was deployed on the island, from which American bombers took off in 1945 and dropped atomic bombs on Japan. So the United States already has experience in using Tinian for warfare in the Asia-Pacific region.

When World War II ended in Allied victory, the United States abandoned its military base on Tinian. Large parallel runways and other structures of the military airfield fell into disrepair over time, but still the airfield periodically received American military aircraft. In recent years, it has even been renovated in case of military exercises. However, it is unable to accommodate modern fighters, bombers and military transport aircraft.

In addition to the old North Field airfield, Tinian Airport is located in the central part of Tinian Island, which is a small facility capable of receiving a number of types of combat aircraft, including the F-15. It is also periodically used by American military aircraft, but there is currently no serious infrastructure for the systematic use of the airport for military purposes.


Old North Field airfield on Tinian Island


When the Pentagon took care of the issue of creating an alternative Andersen base in Guam, an air force base on Tinian Island, after analyzing the situation with the old airfields, they came to the conclusion about the need to modernize the infrastructure. Now the airport is going to be adapted to support 12 tanker aircraft and support personnel.

Also, regular exercises will be held at the airport for up to 8 weeks annually. The purpose of the exercise, according to the US military, will be to practice actions in the event of an armed conflict, primarily to provide fighter and bombers taking off from the main US Air Force base in Guam.

However, as Tyler Rogoway notes, the new airfield on Tinian could also be a target for Chinese missile strikes. Although there is no doubt that the destruction of two airfields is much more expensive and more difficult to accomplish than the destruction of one airfield. This is what the Pentagon is counting on when it plans to deploy a second air base on Tinian.
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  1. iouris
    iouris 2 December 2020 11: 04
    +2
    80 years later, Aboriginal people will be served free food again! But questions remain: who said that the Ketays would not be able to strike at this airfield?
    1. Volodin
      Volodin 2 December 2020 11: 07
      +2
      Quote: iouris
      But questions remain: who said that the Ketays would not be able to strike at this airfield?

      Nobody said, not even the Americans. About this, it seems, the author wrote in the article
      1. Nasrat
        Nasrat 2 December 2020 11: 20
        +3
        Quote: iouris
        But questions remain: who said that the Ketays would not be able to strike at this airfield?



        1. umah
          umah 3 December 2020 11: 19
          0
          China will not attack first. So the Americans are planning an attack or provocation against China.
      2. prior
        prior 2 December 2020 11: 31
        +3
        "US to create new airbase in case of Chinese strike on Guam"

        In the event of a military conflict, well, what's the fundamental difference, one warhead or two, one missile or several ?!
        Americans simply forgot how to count. They don't understand what 1.5 billion Chinese are!
        1. Alex777
          Alex777 2 December 2020 12: 16
          +1
          In the event of a military conflict, well, what's the fundamental difference, one warhead or two, one missile or several ?!

          I was especially touched by the concern for natural disasters.
          At a distance of 100 km, if it washes away, then both bases.
          Otherwise, everything is clear. The Yankees decided to do it. hi
          1. antivirus
            antivirus 2 December 2020 13: 01
            -1
            Soon the Americans will catch up and build a base on shallow waters - "there is no territory and appeared" and closer to Shanghai.
            outside someone else's water and economic zone
      3. credo
        credo 2 December 2020 11: 54
        +1
        Quote: Volodin
        Quote: iouris
        But questions remain: who said that the Ketays would not be able to strike at this airfield?

        Nobody said, not even the Americans. About this, it seems, the author wrote in the article

        The Americans act according to a well-tested scheme tested in the USSR - they wind up the opponents of their economic rival and earn good money on it.
        As long as this scheme does not fail, it will be used and used by the United States against both China and Russia and against Iran and other opponents of the United States.
      4. Nyrobsky
        Nyrobsky 2 December 2020 11: 54
        +2
        Quote: Volodin
        Quote: iouris
        But questions remain: who said that the Ketays would not be able to strike at this airfield?

        Nobody said, not even the Americans. About this, it seems, the author wrote in the article

        No, the author wrote a little about something else, namely, that China will feel sorry for its Yuan babos for the destruction of two bases, and therefore they will save money on one base and still give the mattresses the opportunity to bomb the PRC. Purely American logic! laughing
        However, as noted by Tyler Rogoway, the new airfield on Tinian could also be a target for Chinese missile strikes. Although there is no doubt that the destruction of two airfields is much more expensive and more difficult to accomplish than the destruction of one airfield. This is what the Pentagon is counting on,
        But something suggests that in the event of a cut with the United States, the Chinese will obviously not be stingy with missiles and will ship "gifts" to both bases yes
  2. Doccor18
    Doccor18 2 December 2020 11: 10
    0
    the new airfield on Tinian could also be a target for Chinese missile strikes.

    Finally.
    And then I read, I read, Guam will be destroyed, so Tinian ...
    Although there is no doubt that the destruction of two airfields is much more expensive and more difficult to accomplish than the destruction of one airfield.

    Iron logic...
  3. aszzz888
    aszzz888 2 December 2020 11: 14
    +1
    first of all, under the blows of the People's Liberation Army of China will be the American allies and satellites in the region - Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, as well as the actual American military bases, including the Andersen Air Force base on Guam island,
    First, the guam will crash, then wherever they will put it. Better yet, for all bases. laughing They will have more than one Pearl Harbor! laughing
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 2 December 2020 11: 19
    +2
    Washington is about to create a new military base
    In creating bases, the United States is ahead of the rest.
    destroying two airfields is much more expensive and more difficult to accomplish than destroying one airfield.
    They count in vain. When the war began and is going on, then in the first period they do not think about expenses, everyone tries to inflict the greatest damage on the enemy.
    1. URAL72
      URAL72 2 December 2020 11: 42
      0
      In any case, do not build lam. It will be cheaper to destroy than to create a new base from scratch. Therefore, all these are excuses, they are simply trying to impose a tighter imposition on China, like us. This is more important for the first strike than the retaliatory one - the enemy will need more forces to control and block.
  5. Kuz
    Kuz 2 December 2020 11: 32
    +17
    US to create a new airbase

    Like locusts ... It would be better if they took up their territory.
  6. Thrifty
    Thrifty 2 December 2020 11: 39
    0
    At the right time, Chinatown, or the legalized army of Chinese deversants, will simply begin to actively, with the help of local triads, a kind of mafia special forces, conduct military actions against US military facilities, on the territory of the US itself.
    1. t-12
      t-12 3 December 2020 17: 53
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      No, at the right time the Chinese are interned
      1. Essex62
        Essex62 5 December 2020 01: 38
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        Will they allow themselves to be interned? Not those times. The huge Chinese diaspora in the states is a bomb. Amerzians have no grounds for fears alone. To implement the scenario of an attack on their bases, a scumbag like Mao is needed in the Chinese leadership. There are no such people there now. The factory will obediently rivet goods for the world bourgeois market, for cut paper.
        1. t-12
          t-12 5 December 2020 01: 50
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          The times are the same. Didn't follow the order of the policeman - a bullet in the forehead. And everyone in the United States knows this.

          A blockade of China is enough to provoke China to attack. Left without resources and markets, the Chinese will be forced to attack. At one time, the Americans provoked the Japanese in the same way by blocking oil supplies.
          1. Essex62
            Essex62 5 December 2020 10: 06
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            Do you think that the Freemasons are tired of living? Why is there such confidence in the invincible power of the psi and its state system? Judging by the swing of the Nigerian booze, kissing their shoes is not all right in the heads of the servants of the law. And the Chinese will not allow themselves to be wet with impunity. And they can shoot in the forehead as well as themselves. Especially with sensitive guidance from the PRC itself. There, even though it is false, the Communist Party may be ready for such actions. And their dough is not measured, technically, there are no difficulties. Don't flatter yourself, singer of American invincibility, this can be done in any country. Society is far from being a monolith
            1. t-12
              t-12 5 December 2020 15: 32
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              Judging by the rocking nigga booze
              Well here's a nigga booze Did any niggas dare to shoot a cop? No. Everything is limited to BLM posters, desecration of monuments, etc. The cops are not touched. Because the cops have organization, communications, automatic weapons, armored vehicles ...
              1. Essex62
                Essex62 5 December 2020 22: 18
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                There are not one or two cases of shooting at cops, gangs. In a country full of tree trunks, this is a routine.
                You will not notice how, in the event of a direct military conflict, the "respectable" Chinese will be organized, with a laughing and on armored vehicles. America is a land of opportunity. It's just that they have never yet received tinsel on their territory. And they do not hesitate to heat up the flowers of the Central Committee of the CPC. And they are not ready for this, suddenly. The psi has no monopoly on diktat and no more. Was blown away. They are tolerated only because it is profitable for China to be a factory. This is a very vulnerable formation, which you cannot even call a state. Keep the puppeteers constantly on target and they will never dare to commit suicide. They can drive their troughs across the ocean as much as they like, except for the Papuans, no one is afraid of them anymore.
                1. t-12
                  t-12 5 December 2020 23: 14
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                  Wait and see. But I would be very surprised if the American Chinese would get excited about something other than the usual rallies. Moreover, in wartime.
                  1. Essex62
                    Essex62 6 December 2020 06: 16
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                    Here rallies are not appropriate here. What is the reaction of a modern Chinese spoiled by "freedoms"? He will not allow himself to be driven by a thorn. But this is subject to clear organization, funding and outside leadership. But if they slam this opportunity, the leadership of the CCP. Then, with big caveats, your scenario is possible. But now I doubt that the authorities will have enough guts to drive a huge part of the population into a concentration camp? Something amerskiye policemen are not very similar to Ssmans. Ideas of tolerance are hovering in their heads there.
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