July 26th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Stealth fighters, sub warfare focus of Korea exercises

The USS George Washington aircraft carrier participates in exercises with the Korean navy.

Anti-submarine exercises and flights from U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors were the focus Monday of the second day of the “Invincible Spirit” exercises by U.S. and South Korean forces, according to news reports from the Korean peninsula.

Four F-22s, the United States’ most advanced stealth fighter, flew missions over South Korea for the first time, said the commander of the U.S. 7th Air Force, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Remington, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

"As with all of our combined air assets in theater, the F-22s stand ready to respond in the defense of the Republic of Korea," Remington said at Osan Air Base, according to Yonhap.

At sea, a group of 20 U.S. and South Korean vessels, led by the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, practiced anti-submarine warfare, according to a Voice of America report from the 97,000-ton carrier.

"Our intent is to improve defense capabilities in areas such as anti-submarine warfare, air defense and anti-surface warfare," the VOA report quoted Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd, commander of the George Washington’s strike group, as saying.

The exercises come after the March sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in which 46 sailors were killed. An international inquiry found a North Korean torpedo attack was behind the sinking, but Pyongyang has denied any responsibility and has threatened to a “physical response” to the U.S.-South Korean exercises.

U.S. vessels will come no closer than 200 kilometers to the maritime boundary between North and South Korea waters, according to the VOA report.

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Peter Walczak on board the George Washington told VOA that the anti-submarine exercises are routine for U.S. forces.

"The only extra precaution is that, maybe, were more observant to what is going on in the area. A little more sensitive to intel reports, what have you. The ship itself, the airplane flying, the schedule, it is pretty much what we do with standards operations. Our alert posture is not necessarily any higher than any other time during normal operations," VOA quoted him as saying.

Gen. Walter Sharp, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, said “Invincible Spirit” is the first of a series of exercises to be held off the Korean Peninsula.

“These defensive, combined training exercises are designed to send a clear message to North Korea that its aggressive behavior must stop,” Sharp said in a statement.

The current exercises continue through Wednesday. Tuesday is the 57th anniversary of the armistice which ended the three-year long Korean War.

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  1. Juliana Williams

    To Navy mom, you're right; War isn't anything to joke about. Nobody understands what a parent or love one goes through, if they don't have a loved one deployed. My two son's were in Iraq & my youngest age 22 just came back last week and my spouse who just retired is going to S.Korea for this exercise; so it can be stressful and others need to show respect to these folks who are willing to fight for our freedoms. I will keep your son in prayer. We're Airforce, but were still family with all branches; fighting for Freedom and what's right. America is still the best country to live in.

    July 27, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    i know many would die but n korea has been threatening south korea the us and the uk and by the way the reason why are technology is no good in poor countries like iraq because they keep running away and if we go to war with china it will be a regular war and btw china is a superpower now and that is really bad because of their form of government and they keep making our economy look bad we need to force china to change or go to war with kore once we are done with this war on terror

    July 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    and we have fought china in Korea and Vietnam in the past

    July 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Airman09

    north korea isnt gonna do anything, theyre just a bunch attention wh–es. its been 3 days and theyre still talking.

    July 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shao

    How did the Koreans offend US? Last time when China and States were fighting in Korea, Stalin had Vodka and Champion every night, and Mao and Truman had heart attack.

    July 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ObamaAreBad

    @rickfromLA what the hell do you mean when you refer to China as the "next supreme power"? oh no, theyre building 4 aircraft carriers and have aircraft on par with the f-18! oh, but wait a minute...did you know that the USA has 11 supercarriers with another under construction, and is also purchasing 2.443 F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation aircraft, the most advanced fighters in the world? please, know what you are saying before you arrogantly and ignorantly say it.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • pal

      they don't need 18 air craft carriers to make Korea a nightmare for the US. In fact, back in the 1950s they had nothing coming out of WWII yet they still pushed the UN back to the 38th.

      July 27, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. U.S.-born Korean citizen

    I wonder what was going on inside lil kim's head as he saw the massive undertakings of S Korea-USA joint naval exercise off East Sea..It must have sent a chill down his spine..

    July 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Caesar

    A big thank you from this Navy vet to the men and women of our armed forces who keep us free.

    July 27, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. shao

    Carriers are defenseless. http://www.alternet.org/world/134830/navy's_big_weakness:_our_aircraft_carriers_are_(expensive)_defenseless_sitting_ducks/ Make peace, not war.

    July 28, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. rayneman

    Hello? Does anybody have problem posting their comments? Whenever I do it goes missing and it does not include profanity. Click post again and the screen says I'm duplicating comment when I dont see it posted.

    July 28, 2010 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Another Navy Mom

    All I can say is my only son is on the George Washington and I am proud that he is serving our country. He is with the flight crew. He is working 12 to 18 hours a day right now and I continue to send him care packages. (Beef Jerky and dried fruit) For all of you that have served our country and families with loved ones at sea we are all in this together! We all want our families home and safe. I lost my husband a few years ago and he was Air Force! My son is all I have and we email at least 4 times a week while he is on the GW. Fair Winds and Following Seas!

    July 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
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