The following is an excerpt from rt.com | October 16, 2017 |
American and South Korean ships began joint naval exercises in the eastern and western waters off the Korean Peninsula, after North Korea renewed its threat to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam.
The maneuvers, which began Monday, will involve fighter jets, helicopters and 40 naval ships and submarines from both countries, including the American aircraft carrier USS ‘Ronald Reagan’.
Dubbed Courageous Channel, the drills are aimed at “practicing how to respond to a potential naval provocation by North Korea” and “improving the allies’ combined operational capability,” the South Korean Navy said. The drills are expected to include live-fire exercises by naval ships, as well as aircraft and anti-submarine training.
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