Maritime drills display US, S. Korea military might to North
SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. and South Korean navies have conducted precision strike drills with guided-missile destroyers, submarines and anti-submarine helicopters in a display of military might against a growing threat from the North.
Monday’s exercise in the Sea of Japan marked the first time the allies have operated together in waters to the east of the peninsula near the North Korean border, said a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity.
An unusually strong statement stressed that the operation was meant as a clear warning to Pyongyang about two weeks after the North carried out another nuclear test. Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea and Task Force 78, said the exercise showcased the allies’ “unwavering strength and resolve.”
“We work side by side with our [South Korean] partners every day; we are by their side today at sea, and we will remain by their side to defend against North Korea’s unprovoked acts of aggression,” he said.
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