S. Korea, U.S. carry out airborne logistics training

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Marine Corps and the U.S. Army jointly carried out their first airborne logistics exercise on Monday to train soldiers in charge of delivering personnel and heavy cargo during wartime, military officials said.

The joint training took place near the eastern port city of Pohang, 374 kilometers south of Seoul, mobilizing KC-130J military transport aircraft to simulate cargo delivery operation during wartime.

The KC-130J is an aerial refueling tanker built by Lockheed Martin, an upgraded version of the C-130 Hercules four-engine military transport aircraft.

"The military logistics support is the key mission of the Marine Corps, which is tasked with landing operations," Marine Corps Col. Yoon Chang-hee said. "South Korean and the U.S. forces could enhance their logistics support capability through this training."

The latest joint logistics training comes after the Navy and Marine Corps of the two nations in April carried out the combined joint logistics training over the shore near Pohang as part of their annual exercises.

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