Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

United States and Korea navies to conduct joint maritime counter special operations exercise

United States and Korea navies to conduct joint maritime counter special operations exercise

U.S. Naval Forces Korea on Friday announced that the USS Michigan (SSGN 727) Ohio-class guided-missile submarine had arrived in Busan.

The submarine deployment to Korea occurred around the same time the United States deployed a B-1B bomber, with two F-15K fighter jets, to the peninsula for joint drills, South Korean news service Money Today reported Wednesday.

The South Korean navy was quoted by local media outlets as saying the joint exercise with the US navy would be staged from next Monday to Friday in the eastern and western waters of South Korea. It was the second port call of the U.S. submarine to the South Korean port city.

The drill is slated for October 16 and will include the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as well as South Korean vessels.

"Both the South Korean and U.S. Navy will firmly maintain a combined maritime defense posture with a strong will to immediately repulse any kind of enemy provocations to protect the Republic of Korea".

Joining the drill from the USA military would be USS Ronald Reagan nuclear-powered aircraft carrier under the US 7th Fleet.

It replaced another USA submarine, the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) that had stayed in Jinhae, a city in South Korea's southeastern region, on October 7-11.

The U.S. aircraft trained in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, where they conducted "virtual air-to-air missile fire drills", according to Seoul's joint chiefs of staff.

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