Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

USA and Korea navies to conduct joint maritime counter special operations exercise

USA and Korea navies to conduct joint maritime counter special operations exercise

Other battleships and submarines would be mobilized.

Pyongyang responded to the report through its state-run KCNA news agency, which said, "If the USA imperialists and the South Korean puppets ignite an aggressive nuclear war against us, it would only advance their own demise".

"Both the South Korean and U.S. Navy will firmly maintain a combined maritime defense posture with a strong will to immediately repulse any kind of enemy provocations to protect the Republic of Korea".

U.S. Navy units participating in the exercise include USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and USS Mustin (DDG 89).

As a rule, the US Navy does not comment on future operations, but the Reagan has been spotted in Korea's vicinity recently.

The fleet said that the Maritime Counter Special Operations Forces Exercise (MCSOFEX) would "promote communications, interoperability, and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations".

The U.S. guided missile submarine USS Michigan has arrived in the South Korean port of Busan from its forward-deployment port in Guam for a rare public port-of-call.

The nuclear-powered submarine is one of the world's largest, measuring 170 meters (560 feet) long and weighing more than 18,000 tons.

Earlier, USS Tucson, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, made a port call in Jinhae, staying in the south coast military port for four days through Wednesday. The super-carrier is accompanied by Aegis destroyers, guided missile cruisers, combat support ships and a nuclear-powered submarine.

The U.S. aircraft trained in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, where they conducted "virtual air-to-air missile fire drills", according to Seoul's joint chiefs of staff.

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