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South Korea, US to hold another small-scale aerial drill to replace ‘Vigilant Ace’

05 November 2019

For the second consecutive year, South Korea and the United States plan to reduce the scale of their joint aerial drills to ease tensions with North Korea as part of a broader effort to persuade the country to give up its longer-range missile and nuclear programmes.

Known as the "Combined Flying Training Event", the upcoming smaller-scale aerial drills will replace the annual 'Vigilant Ace' aerial exercise, which was suspended in December 2018 to facilitate the countries' ongoing negotiations with North Korea over its denuclearisation.

The 2017 iteration of 'Vigilant Ace' involved about 12,000 US personnel along with airmen from the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF).

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