The Navies of South Korea and the United States on Sunday started a large-scale maritime exercise with the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the waters around the Korean Peninsula.
The South Korean Navy said that the two sides will conduct joint maritime exercises from Sunday to Saturday as part of the Foal Eagle exercise in preparation for possible provocations from North Korea.
About 60 surface vessels and submarines from the two countries will join the maneuvers, including South Korea's 7,600-ton Aegis-equipped destroyer Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong.
Along with the USS Carl Vinson, the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, USS Barry and USS Stethem will also participate in the drills to show off its force against North Korea.
In the joint drills in the East, West and South Seas, the two allies will conduct anti-submarine, anti-ship and anti-aircraft operations and carry out a maritime counter special operation force.