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SEOUL — The U.S., New Zealand and South Korea are conducting a joint antisubmarine exercise using maritime patrol aircraft to commemorate the end of the Korean War 60 years ago.

The exercise, which began June 20 and will end Saturday, is intended to promote military exchanges and friendly relations among the participating countries, according to a statement from the South Korean Navy’s Air Wing 6, which is supervising it.

The training includes maritime patrol aircraft searching for and pursuing submarines in the East Sea. It also includes offensive/defensive submarine battle tactics.

Two symposiums are being held in conjunction with the exercise, during which the participants from the three countries will exchange information about P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

This is the fifth time New Zealand and South Korea have held this type exercise since 1997, and it is the first time the U.S. has participated.

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