A US amphibious assault ship has joined joint landing drills with South Korea’s military aimed at building “muscle memory” to respond to a crisis if needed.
US amphibious assault ship joins drills in South Korea
South Korean and United States troops have launched their largest amphibious landing drills in years involving a US amphibious assault ship, a day after North Korea tested four long-range cruise missiles.
The USS Makin Island docked at a naval base in the southeastern port city of Busan on Wednesday to join the Ssangyong exercise, which began on Monday near Pohang on South Korea’s east coast and will last until April 3.
About 12,000 sailors and marines from the two countries will take part alongside 30 warships, 70 aircraft and 50 amphibious assault vehicles, the South Korean military said.
Hours before the ship docked, North Korea fired four cruise missiles off its east coast, South Korea said, in apparent protest of ongoing drills by the US and South Korea.