U.S., South Korean Militaries Launch Joint Air Exercises

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The US and South Korea on Monday kicked off their largest ever joint air exercise, an operation North Korea has labelled an “all-out provocation“.

Vigilant Aced drill

It began on December 4 and will run through December 8, will feature six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters and F-35 jets among the aircraft taking part.

Some 12,000 U.S. Marines, Navy, and other personnel will join South Korean troops in the drills.

The five-day Vigilant Ace drill — involving 230 aircraft, including F-22 Raptor stealth jet fighters, and tens of thousands of troops — began Monday morning.

Why it started?

The drills come a week after, North Korea fired a ballistic missile on November 28, the latest in a series of launches that have raised tensions with the United States and its regional allies.

Significance

The joint exercise will enhance readiness and the operational capabilities of efforts to ensure peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.

 

 

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