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NEWS | Oct. 12, 2017

U.S. and Korea navies to conduct joint maritime counter special operations exercise

By Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

***Earlier today we posted that the Maritime Counter Special Operations exercise (MCSOFEX) was to take place Oct. 16-26.The correct dates of Oct. 17-20 are reflected in the updated version posted below.***

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) - Vessels from the United States Navy and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy are scheduled to participate in the Maritime Counter Special Operations exercise (MCSOFEX) Oct. 17-20, in the waters east or west of the Korean Peninsula to promote communications, interoperability, and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations.

The exercise will provide a visible and coordinated engagement for the U.S. - ROK alliance. It will also conduct combined joint operations and exercises with ROK Navy, U.S. Seventh Fleet, ROK Air Force, U.S. Pacific Air Forces' 7th Air Force and U.S. Eighth Army for the purpose of continuing the United States' national policy and commitment to the U.S. - ROK alliance and the region.

U.S. Navy units participating in the exercise include USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and USS Mustin (DDG 89).

The U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy's largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build maritime partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability and prevent conflict.