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US, South Korean naval forces conduct drills off the Korean Peninsula

19 October 2017

Amid growing tensions between the Washington and Pyongyang, the US and South Korean navies started two sets of scheduled drills this week off the Korean Peninsula.

Vessels from the US Navy (USN) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy started the Maritime Counter Special Operations exercise (MCSOFEX), slated to take place 17–20 October, in the waters east or west of the Korean Peninsula to hone communications and interoperability in the USN’s 7th Fleet area of operations, US officials said.

At the same time, USN and South Korean naval forces joined with United Nations Command Sending State nations, to start a multinational mine warfare exercise on 15 October in waters off South Korea's eastern coast.

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