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A South Korean V200 is being ferried toward land during a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise Tuesday at a base 13 miles from the Demilitarized Zone. About 150 soldiers practiced how manpower and equipment would be moved across lakes, rivers and streams in the event hostilities ever resume on the Korean peninsula.
A South Korean V200 is being ferried toward land during a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise Tuesday at a base 13 miles from the Demilitarized Zone. About 150 soldiers practiced how manpower and equipment would be moved across lakes, rivers and streams in the event hostilities ever resume on the Korean peninsula. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)
A South Korean V200 is being ferried toward land during a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise Tuesday at a base 13 miles from the Demilitarized Zone. About 150 soldiers practiced how manpower and equipment would be moved across lakes, rivers and streams in the event hostilities ever resume on the Korean peninsula.
A South Korean V200 is being ferried toward land during a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise Tuesday at a base 13 miles from the Demilitarized Zone. About 150 soldiers practiced how manpower and equipment would be moved across lakes, rivers and streams in the event hostilities ever resume on the Korean peninsula. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers bring together segments of a pontoon bridge, which was then used to ferry Bradleys during an exercise Tuesday in Cheorwon, South Korea. The exercise allowed the U.S. and South Korean militaries to practice moving manpower and equipment across lakes, rivers and streams.
Soldiers bring together segments of a pontoon bridge, which was then used to ferry Bradleys during an exercise Tuesday in Cheorwon, South Korea. The exercise allowed the U.S. and South Korean militaries to practice moving manpower and equipment across lakes, rivers and streams. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)
A section of a pontoon bridge springs open after being dropped into a pond during a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise Tuesday near the Demilitarized Zone. Sections of a bridge were put together and then used to simulate the ferrying of Bradleys across a lake, river or stream.
A section of a pontoon bridge springs open after being dropped into a pond during a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise Tuesday near the Demilitarized Zone. Sections of a bridge were put together and then used to simulate the ferrying of Bradleys across a lake, river or stream. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)
A South Korean soldier helps guide a pontoon bridge toward shore as it used to ferry Bradleys during a joint exercise with the U.S. Army Tuesday in Cheorwon, South Korea.
A South Korean soldier helps guide a pontoon bridge toward shore as it used to ferry Bradleys during a joint exercise with the U.S. Army Tuesday in Cheorwon, South Korea. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers bring together segments of a pontoon bridge, which was then used to ferry Bradleys during an exercise Tuesday in Cheorwon, South Korea. The exercise allowed the U.S. and South Korean militaries to practice moving manpower and equipment across lakes, rivers and streams.
Soldiers bring together segments of a pontoon bridge, which was then used to ferry Bradleys during an exercise Tuesday in Cheorwon, South Korea. The exercise allowed the U.S. and South Korean militaries to practice moving manpower and equipment across lakes, rivers and streams. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)
A Bradley is ferried toward land during a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise Tuesday at a base 13 miles from the Demilitarized Zone. About 150 soldiers practiced how manpower and equipment would be moved across lakes, rivers and streams in the event hostilities ever resume on the Korean peninsula.
A Bradley is ferried toward land during a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise Tuesday at a base 13 miles from the Demilitarized Zone. About 150 soldiers practiced how manpower and equipment would be moved across lakes, rivers and streams in the event hostilities ever resume on the Korean peninsula. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)
A Bradley is driven off a pontoon bridge Tuesday during a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise near the Demilitarized Zone. The bridge was used to simulate the ferrying of manpower and equipment across a lake, river  or stream.
A Bradley is driven off a pontoon bridge Tuesday during a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise near the Demilitarized Zone. The bridge was used to simulate the ferrying of manpower and equipment across a lake, river or stream. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)

CHEORWON, South Korea — Korea is home to hundreds of beautiful rivers and streams that the U.S. and South Korean militaries might have to cross if things ever turn ugly again on the peninsula.

With that in mind, about 150 American and South Korean soldiers came together this week to practice the movement across water of military equipment and manpower.

“We’re preparing for any type of operation that may need to be done if hostilities break out,” Lt. Col. Ron Minty, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, said Tuesday.

“This beautiful country … has many bodies of water and, if called to do so, we’re going to need to cross them,” he said. “I think you have to be ready for any possible contingency.”

Tuesday’s exercise was staged on a 15-acre pond on a South Korean army base about 13 miles from the Demilitarized Zone with soldiers from the 2-9th, South Korea’s 5th Engineer Brigade Float Bridge Co. and 107th Mechanized Infantry Battalion.

The exercise involved putting together segments of a pontoon bridge, then the loading of several Bradleys and South Korean V200s onto two of the bridges which were utilized to simulate the ferrying of the equipment across a river, lake or stream.

“The speed at which we do it is not as important as learning the steps to do it,” Minty said, adding that the goal is for the two armies, “to be ready to attack in any direction, given whatever obstacle may be in our way.”

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