– The USS George Washington carrier
strike group will join Republic of Korea naval forces in the waters
west of the Korean peninsula from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 to conduct the
next exercise in the series announced at the 2+2 meetings in July.
This exercise is defensive in nature.
While planned well before yesterday’s unprovoked artillery attack,
it demonstrates the strength of the ROK-U.S. Alliance and our
commitment to regional stability through deterrence. It is also
designed to improve our military interoperability.
U.S. Navy ships scheduled to participate include the USS George
Washington (CVN 73) with an embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, USS
Cowpens (CG 62), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS
Fitzgerald (DDG 62).
U.S. and allied operations are built on an already strong foundation
of cooperation and this exercise is intended to further enhance
interoperability. The U.S. and ROK forces will conduct air defense
and surface warfare readiness training.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the waters off the Korean
peninsula and has conducted numerous operations and exercises in
this area. In October 2009 the George Washington strike group
conducted similar operations in the international waters west of the
Korean peninsula. U.S. aircraft carriers frequently visit the Korean
peninsula and conduct port visits in Busan; such as USS George
Washington in 2010, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in March 2009, USS Ronald
Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS George Washington in 2008.
For a list of participating ROK forces, please contact ROK Joint
Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs.