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Naval Readiness Exercise Announced

By 7th Fleet Public Affairs
Posted: November 24, 2010

YOKOSUKA, Japan – 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.
 

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BUSAN, Republic of Korea (July 25, 2010) – USS George Washington (CVN73) sails toward the Sea of Japan after a four-day port call in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK). The U.S. Navy maintains a robust forward presence in the Asia-Pacific region and George Washington’s visit is an example of the strong alliance the U.S. maintains with the ROK. This marks the first port visit for George Washington during its 2010 Western Pacific summer patrol and the second visit to Busan by the ship since October of 2008. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas)

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.

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