US and South Korea conduct five-day anti-submarine exercise

8 June 2015 (Last Updated June 8th, 2015 18:30)

US and the South Korean navies have commenced a five-day joint anti-submarine exercise near the vicinity of Guam.

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US and the South Korean navies have commenced a five-day joint anti-submarine exercise near the vicinity of Guam.

Dubbed as Exercise Silent Shark 2015, this operation is aimed to strengthen the relations and interoperability between the countries.

The exercise will see participation of the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), a Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine, and a South Korea submarine.

In addition, the drill will see participation of several maritime control and reconnaissance aircraft from the US and Korea.

The exercise is expected to offer an opportunity to utilise submarine versus submarine tracking, as well as rapid reaction simulated engagement in order to maintain stability throughout the Western Pacific region.

According to the US Navy, Exercise Silent Shark will help the South Korean Navy to improve its capability to recognise and exploit various tracking techniques.

"Exercise Silent Shark will help the South Korean Navy to improve its capability to recognise and exploit various tracking techniques."

The US previously participated in Silent Shark exercise to support stability and security throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Earlier this month, the US and South Korea conducted a major anti-submarine drill, to tackle provocations by North Korean submarines.

The three-day exercise was carried out off the southern island of Jeju, and comprised more than ten vessels, including a South Korean Aegis destroyer.

The drill also included submarines, surveillance planes, and helicopters equipped with air-to-ground missiles.

In addition, both the countries participated in a two-day joint naval exercise in the Sea of Japan earlier this year.


Image: The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) is participating in Exercise Silent Shark 2015. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by mass communication specialist first-class Abraham Essenmacher / Released.