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Seabees carry a piece of a girder bridge during an exercise with the South Korean 1175th Bridge Company on Thursday.
Seabees carry a piece of a girder bridge during an exercise with the South Korean 1175th Bridge Company on Thursday. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Seabees carry a piece of a girder bridge during an exercise with the South Korean 1175th Bridge Company on Thursday.
Seabees carry a piece of a girder bridge during an exercise with the South Korean 1175th Bridge Company on Thursday. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Soldiers from South Korea’s 1175th Army Bridge Company place some of the last panels on a medium girder bridge Thursday near the banks of the Han River in Seoul.
Soldiers from South Korea’s 1175th Army Bridge Company place some of the last panels on a medium girder bridge Thursday near the banks of the Han River in Seoul. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Seabees from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 and soldiers with the South Korean 1175th Bridge Company cross the framework of a medium girder bridge during an integrated bridging exercise near the banks of the Han River in Seoul on Thursday during the Foal Eagle exercise.
Seabees from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 and soldiers with the South Korean 1175th Bridge Company cross the framework of a medium girder bridge during an integrated bridging exercise near the banks of the Han River in Seoul on Thursday during the Foal Eagle exercise. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

SEOUL — A two-foot-deep depression in the mud near the Han River may not seem like much of an obstacle, but it provided a great training opportunity to a group of U.S. and South Korean troops.

South Korean soldiers with the 1175th Korea Bridge Construction Company counted off in English while Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 chanted South Korean safety slogans as the groups worked in unison to construct a mobile girder bridge across the 40-foot expanse.

The bridge-raising presented a rare opportunity for the sailors during the fifth day of the Foal Eagle training exercises.

The mobile bridge has a maximum span of 80 feet and can support up to 60 tons after construction is complete. The average time to complete building one is one hour and twenty minutes.

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