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S. Korea scraps plan for China's naval symposium over ferry rescue

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean Navy has decided to cancel its plan to join a multinational drill to be held in China as part of a naval symposium to channel all efforts to search and rescue passengers aboard a sunken ferry, officials said Thursday. The South Korean Navy had planned to attend the Western Pacific Naval Symposium to be held in the northern Chinese naval port of Qingdao from April 22 to 24, which also features a multinational maritime drill.

S. Korea, U.S. kick off large-scale landing drill

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States began a large-scale amphibious landing drill on Thursday as part their annual joint exercise to enhance military readiness, military officials said, drawing an angry response from North Korea. Navy and Marine Corps of the two nations will stage the Ssang Yong (double dragon) exercise on the southeast coast of the Korea Peninsula until April 7 as part of their annual field training exercise Foal Eagle, which runs through April 18.

S. Korea, U.S. Marines held drills during NK rocket launch

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 24 (Yonhap) -- Marines of South Korea and the United States held a large-scale command post exercise last week when North Korea fired scores of rockets in a show of force against the allies' annual military drills, the Marine Corps in Seoul said Monday. About 500 South Korean Marines and 1,500 American troops from III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) conducted their joint exercise in the southeastern cities of Pohang and Daegu from March 15-23, as part of the two-month Foal Eagle combat field training that runs through April 18.

Two MV-22 Osprey squadrons to join marine drills in Korea

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 19 (Yonhap) -- At least two MV-22 Osprey squadrons will take part in one of the largest-ever joint amphibious landing drills to be staged by South Korea and the United States, a Pentagon official said Wednesday. The allies plan to open this year's Ssang Yong (double dragon) exercise next week on the southeast coast of Korea as part of their broader annual military training code-named Foal Eagle. There will be an MV-22 aerial assault exercise on April 2, involving about 2,000 troops, the official said.

S. Korea, U.S. set for largest-ever joint Marine exercise involving V-22 Osprey

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 10 (Yonhap) -- More than 10,000 Marines from South Korea and the United States will kick off their largest-ever joint amphibious landing training late this month, the Pentagon said Monday. This year's Ssang Yong (double dragon) exercise will be held from March 27 to April 7 on the Korean Peninsula, involving about 7,500 U.S. Marines, 2,000 U.S. Navy personnel as well as 3,500 South Korean Marines and 1,000 South Korea Navy sailors, according to Lt. Col. Jeff Pool, a Department of Defense spokesman.

S. Korea, U.S. set for largest-ever joint Marine exercise involving V-22 Osprey

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 10 (Yonhap) -- More than 10,000 Marines from South Korea and the United States will kick off their largest-ever joint amphibious landing training late this month, the Pentagon said Monday. This year's Ssang Yong (double dragon) exercise will be held from March 27 to April 7 on the Korean Peninsula, involving about 7,500 U.S. Marines, 2,000 U.S. Navy personnel as well as 3,500 South Korean Marines and 1,000 South Korea Navy sailors, according to Lt. Col. Jeff Pool, a Department of Defense spokesman.

Four U.S. Navy Aegis ships arrive in S. Korea for Foal Eagle exercise

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- Four U.S. Navy Aegis ships arrived in three ports of South Korea on Saturday to participate in the Foal Eagle combat field training to enhance their joint military readiness, according to the U.S. Navy's website.

U.S. nuclear submarine arrives in S. Korea for joint drill

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 3 (Yonhap) -- A nuclear-powered U.S. submarine arrived in a southeastern South Korean port on Monday to participate in an annual joint military drill, a senior military official said, amid a series of provocations by North Korea. The USS Columbus (SSN-762), a Los Angeles-class submarine, arrived in Busan, some 450 kilometers south of Seoul, along with the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), to participate in the Foal Eagle exercise.

S. Korean Navy launches 14th guided-missile destroyer

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean Navy took delivery of a guided-missile destroyer Friday that will be in charge of defending the country's shoreline and harbor waters, the procurement agency here said. The Kim Chang-hak ship, the newest PKG-class (Patrol Killer, Guided Missile) patrol boat built by shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., was delivered to the Navy command earlier in the day, according to the state-run Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

S. Korea-U.S. joint military exercises to start Feb. 24

South Korea and the United States will begin annual combined military exercises on Feb. 24, the two sides jointly announced Monday. In a statement, the Combined Forces Command said Key Resolve, a command post exercise, will be held through March 6, while Foal Eagle, a field training exercise, will be held through April 18.
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