Thursday, May 27, 2010

USN and South Korean Navy to Hold Anti-Submarine Exercise

THE South Korean and US navies will hold combined anti-submarine exercises in the Yellow Sea, a Pentagon official confirmed yesterday, as a North Korean defectors' group claimed Pyongyang had ordered troops and civilians to combat-readiness.The naval exercises, a direct response to North Korea's alleged torpedoing of South Korean warship Cheonan on March 26 with the loss of 46 sailors, will stoke tempers in Pyongyang, where joint manoeuvres are routinely denounced as war preparations."Those initiatives are a result of the findings of this recent incident," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said."We think that this is an area where, working with the Republic of Korea, we can hone some skills and increase capabilities."The exercises would begin next month or in early July, South Korean officials said, and would involve US warships from the Japan-based Seventh Fleet.........................................Read More

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