Backgrounder: South Korea's major military exercises in 2010 (2)

17:19, December 23, 2010      

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-- Aug. 5-9, South Korean armed forces began drills against possible maritime intrusion of the DPRK in waters off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula where the Cheonan warship sank in March. Its Army and Navy also conducted anti-infiltration drills along its west coast and nearby islands.

-- Aug. 16, South Korea and the United States carried out its annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercises in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The two-week joint military exercises were a computer-based simulation drill against local provocations. About 56,000 South Korean soldiers and 30,000 U.S. troops participated in the drill.

-- Sept. 27, South Korea and the United States launched a five-day anti-submarine drill in the Yellow Sea south of South Korea, the second by Seoul and Washington in response to the fatal sinking of the warship Cheonan in March.

-- Oct. 13-14, South Korea launched a two-day maritime anti-proliferation drills in the port city of Busan. Fourteen countries, including the United States, Japan and Australia, joined the naval interdiction exercises.

-- Nov. 22, South Korea held a large-scale annual military drill, code-named "Hoguk Exercise," from Nov. 22 to Nov. 30. On Nov. 23, warships of South Korea and the DPRK exchanged fire in the disputed "north border" area west of the Korean Peninsula.

-- Nov. 28-Dec. 1, South Korea and the United States staged large-scale military exercises in the Yellow Sea. The nuclear-powered carrier, USS George Washington, two Korean destroyers, a naval patrol ship and antisubmarine warfare aircraft participated in the drills.

-- Dec. 6-12, South Korea conducted a live-fire artillery drill at 29 sites in waters surrounding the country, not including Yeonpyeong Island.

-- Dec. 20, South Korea held a live-firing drill into waters near the disputed western sea border with the DPRK from Yeonpyeong, a border island shelled last month by the DPRK, despite the latter's repeated vows of counterattack.

Source: Xinhua
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