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S. Korea US end four-day joint military drills

07-29-2010 10:32 BJT Special Report:US-ROK Drill Escalates Regional Tension |

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South Korea and the United States have wrapped up their four-day joint military drills.

During the last day, they continued holding anti-submarine exercises in waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. The two countries' troops also practiced transporting logistical support for the soldiers when they face aerial, underwater and maritime threats from an enemy.

Beginning on Sunday and code-named "Invincible Spirit," the naval and air maneuvers involved 20 ships and submarines, 200 aircraft and eight-thousand troops from the two countries. They performed anti-submarine drills, naval live-fire exercises, aerial training and computer-based simulation exercises.

Rear Admiral Dan Cloyd, US Navy, said, "Our intent is not to provoke reactions from any nation, be it North Korea or any other here in the western Pacific region. It's to demonstrate our readiness or inter-operability, our collective resolve as two nations, the United States and the Republic of Korea and the alliance, to maintain freedom of access, freedom of the seas and provide for a better future for each of our respective nations."

Kim Kyung-Shik, S. Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, "The joint military drill showed the overwhelming splendor of South Korea-US joint military power. It also showed the firm will of the South Korea-US

alliance. This exercise gave us the opportunity to improve South Korea-US joint operational readiness."


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