U.S. Navy Conducts Exercise with South Korea Navy

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) The USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group started a series of exercises with the Republic or Korea Navy Sept. 30-Oct. 13 to strengthen maritime interoperability and tactics, techniques and procedures, the U.S. Navy said.

The U.S. routinely conducts Carrier Strike Group operations in the waters around the Republic of Korea to exercise maritime maneuvers, strengthen the U.S.-ROK alliance, and improve regional security.

Exercises will consist of a routine dual-coast bilateral maritime counter-Special Operating Force exercise (MCSOFEX), subject matter expert exchanges, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare drills, communication drills, air defense exercises, medical evacuation exercises, counter-mine planning and distinguished visitor embarkations, according to the U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Navy maintains a presence in the Indo Asia-Pacific region "to help preserve peace and security and further our partnerships with friends and allies. Our forward presence contributes to freedom of navigation and lawful use of the sea, as well as furthers operational training and enables an exchange of culture, skills, and tactical knowledge".

Photo: The forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, are underway in the Philippine Sea.

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