Korea to conduct joint naval drill amid tensions with N. Korea

Sailors render a salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia Class Submarine USS Washington at Naval Station Norfolk. Washington is the U.S. Navy's 14th Virginia-class attack submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for

From the South Korean side, the Sejong the Great Aegis destroyer will participate in the joint drill. Pyongyang stated that any act of aggression by the US and South Korea would only "advance their own demise".

South Korea and the United States will conduct joint maritime drills next week in waters near the Korean Peninsula, with a U.S.

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".

For the exercise, the South Korean military will also mobilize P-3 anti-submarine aircraft, F-15K, FA-18, A-10 fighter jets and Lynx, AW-159, UH-60, MH-60R helicopters.

The exercise will provide a visible and coordinated engagement for the U.S. - ROK alliance.

U.S. Naval Forces Korea on Friday announced that the USS Michigan (SSGN 727) Ohio-class guided-missile submarine had arrived in Busan.

It replaced another USA submarine, the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) that had stayed in Jinhae, a city in South Korea's southeastern region, on October 7-11.

The nuclear-powered submarine is capable of carrying about 150 Tomahawk missiles, according to Yonhap.

The U.S. Airforce said the drill was the "first time" that B-1B Lancer strategic bombers had conducted nighttime combined training with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF).



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