The US Navy’s Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) have carried out air defence exercises (ADEX) during bilateral training off the east coast of the Korean peninsula.
The four-day ADEX between the naval and air forces of the countries were designed to operate together and work through different airborne threat scenarios that naval ships may encounter at sea.
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) commanding officer captain Curt Renshaw said: "Every chance we get to work with our naval allies is a step in the right direction in keeping with security and freedom of navigation in the western Pacific.
"We learn a bit more from each other each time and strengthen our maritime partnerships through these exercises."
The capabilities involved in the exercise include the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Chancellorsville, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54).
The Korean naval vessels that participated in the exercise include ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG 991), ROKS Yulgok Yi I (DDG 992), and ROKS Yang Manchun (DDH 973).
In addition, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, launched from the USS Ronald Reagan, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, the Republic of Korea Air Force, and other squadron entities participated in the ADEX.
The exercise also saw the presence of several rotary and fixed-winged aircraft, such as the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers, and Korean F-16 fighter jets.
CSG started the bilateral exercises with the ROK Navy to improve maritime interoperability, tactics, techniques and procedures. They are part of the routine CSG operations performed in the waters around South Korea to strengthen the US-ROK alliance and enhance regional security.