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US carrier group trains with South Korean military

Ensign Darien Sears, from Spring Valley, Maryland, left, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), stands watch with Republic of Korea navy Lt. Donghoon Lee during bilateral operations. Kidd is currently on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The ships and aircraft of the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group began conducting a military exercise with the South Korean military on Wednesday.

The ships with the carrier group are the guided missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Shiloh, and guided missile destroyers USS John S. McCain, USS Mustin, USS Pinckney, and USS Kidd, according to a statement released by the U.S. Navy.

The exercise between the two nations will involve “high value unit protection, surface and anti-submarine warfare training events, air defense events, liaison officer exchanges, and dynamic ship maneuvers” and is expected to end on Saturday.

limon.armando@stripes.com

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