A U.S. Navy carrier strike group composed of 7,000 sailors and Marines arrived Tuesday in South Korea’s largest port city as a show of military might amid rising tensions with North Korea, which has been increasing its test launches of short- and long-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
The USS Nimitz nuclear-powered carrier led Carrier Strike Group 11 into Busan, South Korea, a day after the strike group trained with the South Korean Navy in international waters south of the southern island of Jeju.
The drills are part of the two-weeklong Ssangyong Exercise in and around the Korean Peninsula, the largest U.S.-South Korean maritime drill in five years. Stars & Stripes, citing South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense, reported 30 ships and 70 aircraft, including FA-18 fighters and E-2 Hawkeye early warning aircraft, and roughly 50 amphibious assault vessels, are scheduled to participate in the exercises through Monday.
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