USS America (LHA 6) conducts a cooperative deployment with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003).
* Local media reports say the amphibious group led by the USS America will take part in a joint exercise with South Korean forces
* The US and South Korean presidents have pledged to ‘enhance the regular visibility of strategic assets’ amid rising tensions with China and the North
The United States Navy is expected to take part in its first large-scale exercises in the Yellow Sea off the coast of northern China in 10 years, a move that risks further fuelling tensions with Beijing.
A South Korean defence ministry official said a US amphibious ready group, led by the USS America, and the Canadian frigate HMCS Vancouver would “participate in the celebration of the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Incheon during the Korean war and the 70th anniversary of the US-South Korea alliance”.
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WNU Editor: Beijing has responded …. US naval drill in Yellow Sea ‘will destabilize Korean Peninsula, posing laughable threat to China’ (Global Times).