DPRK lashes out at Japan for joining military drill with US

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday lashed out at Japan for strengthening military cooperation with the United States, calling it an anti-DPRK move. The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had vowed that Japan would “keep itself on a high alert based on the firm Japan-U.S. alliance” after the DPRK test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile late last month. Accusing Tokyo of “building public opinion, reversing black and white,” the commentary said Japan “is motivated by the cunning calculation…

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ROK Destroyer Exercises With EUNAVFOR in Gulf of Aden

The Korean warship, ROKS Chungmugong, has recently deployed off the coast of Somalia as part of EU NAVFOR.  This cooperation between the Republic of Korea and European Union warships is helping to strengthen maritime security and keep seafarers safe as they transit the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. ROKS Chungmugong is the lead ship in its Yi Sun-sin class of destroyer.  It comes equipped with the latest military and surveillance technology, and so is perfectly suited to counter-piracy operations. On meeting EU NAVFOR, the sailors from both ships ‘cross-decked’…

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USS Chafee participates in multilateral MIO exercise

USS Chafee (DDG 90) will join ships from the Republic of Korea Navy and the Royal Australian Navy during a multilateral maritime interdiction operations (MIO) exercise in waters off the coast of the Republic of Korea, Nov. 6-7. This exercise is designed to improve interoperability between partner nations and focus on interdicting security threats in the maritime environment that impact regional security and stability. Completion of periodic interdiction training exercises continues to improve readiness, capabilities and partnerships throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Personnel from partner nations in Europe, North America and Asia…

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US and ROK Forces Complete MIWEX

Maritime forces from the U.S. and Republic of Korea successfully completed the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX), Oct. 22. USS Chief (MCM 14), staff from Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7, and Mine Countermeasures Helicopter Squadron (HM) 14 Detachment 2A participated in MIWEX with Republic of Korea (ROK) counterparts and members of United Nations Command Sending States to increase mine countermeasure interoperability and tactical proficiency. The exercise spanned over a week and included a multitude of training drills designed to improve cooperation and proficiencies in mine countermeasures operations. HM-14 conducted…

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US, Japan, Korea Conduct BMD Exercise

The maritime forces of the United States, Japan, and Republic of Korea are conducting a trilateral link exercise (LINKEX) Oct. 24 – 25 in seas east of the Korean peninsula and waters near Japan to promote communications, interoperability and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will employ tactical data link systems to exchange track data among all the participating ships. It will allow participants to enhance tactical capabilities, increase self-defense, and strengthen partnerships and situational awareness. U.S. participants include USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Milius…

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Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise Begins Off Coast of South Korea

Maritime forces from the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK), together with personnel from United Nations Command (UNC) Sending State nations, commenced Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX) in waters off of the eastern coast of the Republic of Korea, Oct. 15.  USS Chief (MCM 14) departed Busan after a short visit to join ROK navy MCM assets. Integration procedures began to ensure all participants can work together.  Over the next week, mine countermeasure ships, aircraft and explosive ordnance personnel will conduct a series of drills meant to practice…

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U.S., Republic of Korea team up for MCM portion of Foal Eagle

April 3, 2017 – U.S. mine countermeasures, surface and expeditionary assets and counterparts from the Republic of Korea navy wrapped up the mine countermeasures portion of the bilateral exercise Foal Eagle March 29. Foal Eagle is a series of joint and combined field training exercises conducted by Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea components (ground, air, naval, and special operations) in order to enhance the combat readiness, flexibility, and capabilities of the Alliance. The MCM portion of Foal Eagle was conducted off the coast of the Republic of Korea…

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USN, ROKN, and JMSDF conduct anti-submarine warfare

April 2, 2017 – Vessels and aircraft from the United States Navy, the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force will conduct a trilateral anti-submarine exercise Apr. 4-6 (Korea/Japan standard time) in seas in the vicinity of Korea and Japan to promote communications, interoperability, and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will consist of: submarine search, fix, and tracking; high-value unit protection and anti-submarine defense maneuvers. The exercise is being executed on the heels of Exercise Foal Eagle 2017, an annual joint…

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Completes Bilateral Exercise

Carl Vinson Strike Group (CVNSG) and ships from the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy participated in a bilateral exercise March 16-24. CVNSG and ROK Navy conducted visit, board, search and seizure drills, tactical maneuvering, flag hoisting drills, a photo exercise and air, surface and anti-submarine warfare training.  “The purpose of the exercise was to further our partnership with the ROK Navy in the execution of defense of the Republic of Korea,” said Capt. Warren Cupps, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 deputy commander. “Carl Vinson played the role of the flagship and…

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U.S., South Korean Navies to Hold Partnership Exercises

March 20, 2017 – U.S. Navy ships assigned to Commander, Task Force 30 and CTF-70 are scheduled to begin a series of exercises with the South Korean navy tomorrow to strengthen maritime interoperability and tactics, techniques and procedures. The U.S. routinely conducts carrier strike group operations in the waters around South Korea to exercise maritime maneuvers, strengthen the U.S.-South Korean alliance and improve regional security. “This exercise is yet another example of the strength and resolve of the combined U.S. and the [South Korean] naval force,” said Navy Rear Adm….

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