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US, South Korea to hold joint military drills
12:55, 10 November 2017
US, South Korea to hold joint military drills

Maneuvers will take place on November 11-14 in the Sea of Japan

12:55, 10 November 2017

UN Navy

South Korea will join three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups in a joint exercises scheduled for November 11 - 14, the South’s military said on Friday. This was reported by Reuters.

South Korean naval vessels will participate in the drill in waters off the east coast, the South’s joint chiefs of staff said in a statement.

The Pentagon said on Wednesday the drill involving three aircraft carrier strike groups in the Western Pacific would be carried out for the first time in a decade, confirming a Reuters report.

A total of seven South Korean navy vessels, including Aegis-equipped warships, will participate in the drill, the statement said, to accompany 14 U.S. naval warships.

Related: South Korea, Japan leaders discuss DPRK situation

During the joint drill, the two countries will practice air operations, air artillery strikes and aircraft carrier escorts to test their ability to jointly carry out such operations.

The drill is also in response to North Korean nuclear and missile provocations, the South’s military said, and to show any such developments by Pyongyang can be repelled with “overwhelming force”.

As it was reported earlier Air Forces of the United States and the Republic of Korea conducted a joint training flight over the Korean peninsula. 

Related: DPRK may launch another ballistic missile, - South Korean military

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