US, ROK Navies Prepare for Foal Eagle

US Navy ships assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet arrived in the Republic of Korea (ROK) March 4-5 in preparation for the upcoming Foal Eagle exercises with the ROK navy.

Members of the ROK navy welcomed the guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) to Pyeongtaek, while the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) arrived in the city of Donghae. The safeguard-class rescue and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) also arrived in Chinhae.

The port visits provided members of both navies the opportunity to conduct theater security cooperation engagements and rehearse training scenarios for the Foal Eagle exercises, which run from March to April this year.

Exercise Foal Eagle is an umbrella of regularly-scheduled, annual exercises that are the culmination of many months of planning and based on realistic training scenarios. The naval portion of the Foal Eagle exercises take place in international waters around South Korea and features a full spectrum of maritime operations.

The training incorporates scenarios such as gunnery exercises, communication drills, dynamic ship maneuvers, logistical rehearsals, salvage training, and liaison officer exchanges with the ROK navy.

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