The US Navy’s Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is conducting a series of exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy to improve maritime interoperability, tactics, techniques and procedures.
The latest exercise is part of the routine CSG operations performing in the waters around the South Korea to strengthen the US-ROK alliance and enhance regional security.
Battle Force 7th Fleet commander rear admiral John Alexander said: "The US and the Republic of Korea share one of the strongest alliances in the world.
"Our navies learn from each other, and we grow stronger as an alliance because of our routine exercises here in South Korea, and the close relationship and ties that we forge from operating at-sea together."
The exercises will see a routine bilateral training, subject matter expert exchanges, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare drills and communication drills.
In addition, it will include air defence exercises, counter-mine planning and distinguished visitor transport.
According to the US Navy, the force’s forward presence in the Indo-Pacific region contributes to freedom of navigation and lawful use of the sea. It also furthers operational training and enables an exchange of culture, skills and tactical knowledge.
In June, the US and the South Korean navies performed a five-day joint anti-submarine exercise, Exercise Silent Shark 2015, near the vicinity of Guam.
The exercise was aimed to provide 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.
Image: Sailors aboard the US Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by mass communication specialist 1st class Abraham Essenmacher/Released.