February 19, 2018

Speculation swirls over allies' military drillc

Featuring Patrick M. Cronin

Source: The Korea Herald

Journalist Yeo Jun-suk

With the South Korean military participating in a multilateral amphibious landing drill in Southeast Asia over the weekend, speculation continues to rise over when South Korea and the US will resume their annual joint drills on the Korean Peninsula. 

The troops from the South Korean Navy and Marine Forces on Saturday joined US Marines and the Thai Royal Navy in eastern Thailand, where the annual Cobra Gold exercise is being held. The exercise kicked off on Feb. 13 and will continue until Friday.

A total 430 sailors and marines are expected to be dispatched along with battle amphibious landing ships such as Cheon Ja Bong, South Korea’s Marine Forces said. It was to conduct a joint exercise with the US amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard.

“Cobra Gold exercise is part of multinational peacekeeping operation to enhance international cooperation on disaster relief amid changes in the regional security environment,” said Col. Lee Hong-jung, who leads a marine unit participating in the exercise.

Read the full article in The Korea Herald.

  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the Senior ...