The U.S. Navy has sent a ballistic missile submarine to Guam as a show of America’s commitment to its allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

The USS Pennsylvania arrived in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a “scheduled port visit” on Monday, the Navy said in a statement, describing the visit as a complement to the “many exercises, training, operations, and other military cooperation activities conducted between the U.S. and its partner nations.”

The announcement comes amid high tensions in the region resulting from North Korea’s nuclear program. Pyongyang has recently conducted a handful of missile and nuclear tests and threatened to launch a preemptive nuclear strike if threatened by the United States.

China has also irked regional powers with its territorial claims in the East and South China Seas.

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