Guam shrugs off North Korea threat - taking it in stride

Cars enter Naval Base Guam near Hagatna Guam

Cars enter Naval Base Guam near Hagatna Guam

Today, Naval Base Guam is the home port for four nuclear-powered fast attack submarines and two submarine tenders.

"I support our president and our US military, and I am proud to fly the American flag in the western Pacific".

Governor Eddie Calvo describes his island to those who don't know it as a "mini Hawaii" and puts the chances of a direct missile hit at a million-to-one because of the multi layers of Pacific defences, the last being those on Guam itself.

The strip of land in the western Pacific Ocean is roughly the size of Chicago, and just 4 miles (6 km) wide at its narrowest point.

Many across the island say they feel assured and protected by the military.

The officials told NBC that the attack would originate from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

The naval base dates to 1898, when the USA took over Guam from Spain after the Spanish-American War.

There's a sense of patriotism among those who cite the island's history of Guam residents serving in the US military.

Andersen Air Force Base hosts a Navy helicopter squadron and Air Force bombers that rotate to Guam from the US mainland.

Naval Base Guam is an important outpost for US fast-attack nuclear powered submarines that are a key means for gathering intelligence in the region, including off the Korean peninsula and in the South China Sea where China has been building military bases on man-made islands that have stirred tension across Asia.

Baumgartner, a supervisor at a high-end clothing store, said she was confident USA forces on the island's two bases were ready to intervene, and she bore no grudges about that military presence making Guam a North Korean target.

"I'm pro military buildup", said resident Gus Aflague, 60, whose grandfather and brother both joined the U.S. Navy.

Guamanians have served in all major US wars since World War II and see military service as a source of pride. President William McKinley ordered Guam to be ruled by the U.S. Navy. Guam was also a refueling and transfer spot for military personnel heading to Southeast Asia. The U.S. took back control of Guam on July 21, 1944.

The tweet follows days of rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, with Trump warning to rain down "fire and fury" if North Korea continued a series of nuclear and missile technology tests. Leader Kim Jong Un would then decide whether to proceed with the strike on the USA territory.

In 2013, the Army sent a missile defense system to Guam called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD.

"North Korea's most recent threat to target Guam is unsafe and it further heightens tensions in our region", Bordallo said.

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