U.S., South Korea Plan Anti-submarine Exercise

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — South Kore­an and U.S. forces will con­duct an anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare exer­cise in the waters west of the Kore­an penin­su­la Sept. 27 to Oct. 1.

The exer­cise is part of a series of com­bined naval train­ing events that are defen­sive in nature and enhance inter­op­er­abil­i­ty, offi­cials said. The exer­cis­es also are designed to send a clear mes­sage of deter­rence to North Korea, they added, while improv­ing the over­all anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare capa­bil­i­ties of the U.S.-South Kore­an alliance. 

Par­tic­i­pat­ing units from the U.S. Navy include the guid­ed mis­sile destroy­ers USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzger­ald and the ocean sur­veil­lance ship USNS Vic­to­ri­ous. Assets also include a fast attack sub­ma­rine and P‑3C Ori­on air­craft from Patrol Squadron 9. The USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzger­ald are for­ward-deployed to Yoko­su­ka, Japan, and Patrol Squadron 9 is home-port­ed at Kaneo­hoe Marine Corps Base, Hawaii. 

Par­tic­i­pat­ing units from the South Kore­an navy include two destroy­ers, a fast frigate, a patrol craft, P‑3C air­craft from Car­ri­er Air Wing 6 and a submarine. 

The exer­cise will focus on anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare tac­tics, tech­niques, and pro­ce­dures, offi­cials said. The first exer­cise in this series, Com­bined Naval and Air Readi­ness Exer­cise Invin­ci­ble Spir­it, was con­duct­ed in the seas east of the Kore­an penin­su­la in July. 

This exer­cise was orig­i­nal­ly sched­uled to occur Sept. 5–9, offi­cials said, but was delayed for safe­ty rea­sons relat­ed to Typhoon Mal­ou arriv­ing in Kore­an waters. 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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