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Lt. Richard Ray, right, from Thomasville, Georgia, discusses the Surface Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measure exercise with Lt. Hyeoung Seok Noh, from Jeonju, Republic of Korea, in the combat information center aboard the USS John S. McCain in June 2014.

Lt. Richard Ray, right, from Thomasville, Georgia, discusses the Surface Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measure exercise with Lt. Hyeoung Seok Noh, from Jeonju, Republic of Korea, in the combat information center aboard the USS John S. McCain in June 2014. (Alonzo M. Archer/U.S. Navy)

Lt. Richard Ray, right, from Thomasville, Georgia, discusses the Surface Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measure exercise with Lt. Hyeoung Seok Noh, from Jeonju, Republic of Korea, in the combat information center aboard the USS John S. McCain in June 2014.

Lt. Richard Ray, right, from Thomasville, Georgia, discusses the Surface Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measure exercise with Lt. Hyeoung Seok Noh, from Jeonju, Republic of Korea, in the combat information center aboard the USS John S. McCain in June 2014. (Alonzo M. Archer/U.S. Navy)

Chief Fire Controlman Daniel Glatz, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, stands watch in the combat information center aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). John S. McCain is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Alonzo M. Archer/U.S. Navy

Chief Fire Controlman Daniel Glatz, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, stands watch in the combat information center aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). John S. McCain is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Alonzo M. Archer/U.S. Navy (Alonzo M. Archer/U.S. Navy)

The USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS John S. McCain are participating in a training exercise with the South Korean navy off the southern coast of the Korean peninsula this week.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers are taking part in the Surface Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measure exercise with the South Korean navy.

The exercise began Monday and wraps up Friday.

“It’s important for the ROK and U.S. navies to exercise routinely together at sea,” Republic of Korea navy Cmdr. Kim Beom Woo said. “When we improve interoperability and teamwork between our navies, we enhance readiness and strengthen the ROK and U.S. alliance.”

Liaison officers from both navies are on each countries’ ships to facilitate communication during the drill.

The Meyer and McCain are in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

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