YONGSAN GARRISON, Seoul
Republic of Korea and the United States Forces will conduct an
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Exercise in the waters west of the
Korean Peninsula beginning Sunday and continuing until Sept. 9.
This exercise is the second in a series
of combined exercises that are defensive in nature, enhance
interoperability, and are designed to send a clear message of
deterrence to North Korea, while improving overall Alliance ASW
Participating units from the U.S. Navy
include the guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis D. Wilbur (DDG 54)
and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62); and the ocean surveillance ship USNS
Victorious (T-AGOS 19). Assets also include a fast attack submarine
and P-3C Orion aircraft from Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9). USS Curtis
Wilbur and USS Fitzgerald are forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan
and VP-9 is homeported at Kaneohoe Marine Corps Base in Hawaii.
Participating units from the Republic of
Korea Navy include two destroyers, a fast frigate, a patrol craft,
P-3C aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Six (CAW-6) and a ROK submarine.
The ASW exercise will focus on anti-submarine warfare tactics,
techniques, and procedures. The first exercise in this series,
Combined Naval and Air Readiness Exercise “Invincible Spirit,” was
conducted in the seas east of the Korean Peninsula July 25-28, 2010.