- Title: U.S. aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint drills
- Date: 15th March 2017
- Summary: BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA (MARCH 15, 2017) (REUTERS) PORT IN BUSAN / USS CARL VINSON VISIBLE FAR OFF AT SHORE USS CARL VINSON AT BUSAN SHORE TOWARDS PORT US NAVAL OFFICERS ON BOARD ON USS CARL VINSON USS CARL VINSON ARRIVING AT PORT BUSAN SHORE WHERE USS CARL VINSON IS DOCKED USS CARL VINSON DOCKED TO PORT U.S. FLAG ON USS CARL VINSON FLYING LETTERS ON SHIP READS (English): "CARL VINSON" U.S. SOLDIER ON BOARD SHIP REAR ADMIRAL OF COMMANDER, U.S. NAVAL FORCES KOREA (CNFK), BRAD COOPER, SPEAKING AT PORT NEXT TO USS CARL VINSON (SOUNDBITE) (English) REAR ADMIRAL OF COMMANDER, U.S. NAVAL FORCES KOREA (CNFK), BRAD COOPER, SAYING: "Our ongoing cooperation ensures we are ready to "fight tonight", and defend this nation if called-upon. That is why USS Carl Vinson and the ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 1 are here, to send a clear signal of the strength of our alliance and the resolve to protect the Republic of Korea from unprovoked acts of aggression." INSIDE USS CARL VINSON / U.S. FLAG ON WALL AND RELATED OFFICIALS GATHERED U.S. AIRCRAFT ON BOARD CARL VINSON LETTERS ON AIRCRAFT READING (English): "VFA-34" AIRCRAFT STATIONED INSIDE USS CARL VINSON / LETTERS ON AIRCRAFT READING (English): "BLUE BLASTERS" FEMALE SOLDIERS OF U.S. NAVAL FORCES WALKING AIRCRAFT ON BOARD USS CARL VINSON AIRCRAFT AND HELICOPTER ON DECK U.S. SOLDIERS WALKING VARIOUS OF U.S. AIRCRAFT ON BOARD CONTROL TOWER OF USS CARL VINSON
- Embargoed: 29th March 2017 06:19
- Keywords: south korea united states military drills aircraft carrier carl vinson busan
- Location: BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA
- City: BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001682KWNB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The USS aircraft carrier Carl Vinson made a port call in South Korea's southern harbour city of Busan on Wednesday (March 15) to participate in the annual U.S.-South Korea military exercises.
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrived in Busan to lead a strike group made of up to twelve surface ships, and nine aircraft squadrons, U.S. Navy said.
South Korean and U.S. troops began the large-scale joint drills, which are billed as defensive in nature, on March 1.
The exercise last year involved about 17,000 American troops and more than 300,000 South Koreans. South Korea has said this year's exercise would be of a similar scale.
The United States has also started to deploy "Gray Eagle" attack drones to South Korea, a U.S. military spokesman said on Monday.
North Korea warned the United States of "merciless" attacks on Tuesday (March 14) if the carrier infringes on its sovereignty or dignity during U.S.-South Korean drills. The North said the arrival of the U.S. strike group in the seas off the east of the Korean peninsula was part of a "reckless scheme" to attack it.
Last week, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan in response to annual U.S.-South Korea military drills, which the North sees as preparation for war.
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