Defense

September 4, 2014

EXERCISE IN KOREA STRENGTHENING PACIFIC PARTNERSHIPS

Tags:
Lisa Ferdinando
Army News

Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander of the U.S. Army’s I Corps, visits with Republic of Korea commanders, Aug. 26, 2014.

Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, which culminated last week in South Korea, is helping strengthen U.S. partnerships in the Pacific, said the commander of U.S. Army I Corps.

In a media roundtable yesterday, from South Korea, Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander of I Corps, said his unit served as an operational headquarters for the exercise in support of the 3rd Republic of Korea Army.

The Combined Forces Command’s annual computer-assisted simulation exercise with the Korean military began Aug. 18, and ends today, with the after-action review, Lanza said.

Along with strengthening U.S. partnerships in the Pacific region, Ulchi Freedom Guardian streamlines operations with partner nations, Lanza said. In addition to 30,000 U.S. forces, the exercise also included troops from 10 U.N. Command nations – Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Interoperability was a key element of the training, Lanza said. The exercise focused on an amphibious operation in a contested situation, he explained.

“We hone our skills to train commanders from both staffs in our wartime planning, increasing our ability to conduct command and control, intelligence, logistics and fires (air and ground fires integration), more importantly supporting the defense of South Korea,” Lanza said.

The exercise involved computer simulations hosted at various sites across South Korea and the United States. It was the largest operational exercise for South Korea for the year, he said.

This year’s exercise built on lessons learned from last year, he said.

“They’re more than just mil-to-mil exercises, they really involve how we’re going to execute contingency operations as part of our contingency planning,” Lanza said.

The exercise further strengthened the combined defense and enhanced the readiness of South Korea, the United States Combined Forces and U.N. sending nations, said Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of the Combined Forces Command.

“The exercise was based on realistic scenarios that enabled valuable training on our essential tasks and ensured we are fully prepared to defend the Republic of Korea should the need arise,” Scaparrotti said in a statement about the exercise.

The Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission observed the exercise to validate its defensive and deterrent nature, as consistent with the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement.

Training exercises like Ulchi Freedom Guardian are carried out in the spirit of the Oct. 1, 1953, Republic of Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty, and in accordance with the armistice, according to Combined Forces Command.

The exercises highlight the longstanding military partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between the United States and South Korea, while helping to ensure stability and security on the peninsula, and reaffirm U.S. commitment to the northeast Asia region, the statement said.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines July 31, 2015

News: Carter: Military leaders could arm more troops at home – Following the recent fatal shooting of four Marines and a sailor in Tennessee, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is ordering the military services to consider new policies that would enhance security for troops at home, including potentially arming more personnel.   Business: DOD weighs supplier base,...
 
 

News Briefs July 31, 2015

U.S. delivering eight newer F-16 warplanes to Egypt The United States Embassy in Cairo says the U.S. is delivering eight newer F-16 warplanes to Egypt as part of an ongoing military support package. It says in a July 30 statement that the aircraft, of the current Block 52 production variant, will be flown in from...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph

Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin photograph A protective panel for Orion’s service module is jettisoned during testing at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California facility. This test series evaluated design changes to the spacecraft’s fair...
 

 

Australian company to provide parts for initial production of Triton UAS

Northrop Grumman has awarded the first Australian supplier contract for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system initial production lot to Ferra Engineering. Brisbane-based Ferra Engineering will manufacture mechanical sub-assemblies for the first four Triton air vehicles including structural components. “At Northrop Grumman it’s very important to not only develop...
 
 
Boeing photograph

CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

Boeing photograph The CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog,” is set to retire and to be flown one last time by Reserve Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 774 on Aug. 1. The CH-46 Sea Knight is a med...
 
 

Insitu awarded LRIP Lot IV RQ-21A Blackjack Systems contract

Under the terms of its latest contract, Insitu will build six RQ-21A Blackjack systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The $78-million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Lot IV Low Rate Initial Production contract is the latest event in the program’s progression toward the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation phase.   “This award will...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>