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U.S.-South Korea Announce Invincible Spirit Exercises

by Greg on July 20, 2010

Next week’s series of large-scale, joint U.S. South Korean military exercises intended to send a message to North Korea to quit sinking South Korean navy ships will go by the name “Invincible Spirit,” officials announced today in Seoul.

The exercises will involve some 8,000 military personnel from both countries, some 18 ships, including the USS George Washington carrier strike group, and over 100 aircraft. The Air Force is also getting in on the act, sending the F-22 Raptor for its first in-theater exercises.

Adm. Robert Willard, commander Pacific Command, said the exercises will take place on the east side of the Korean peninsula, in the Sea of Japan. Future exercises may be in the Yellow Sea, on the west side of the Korean peninsula, adjacent to China, but Willard wouldn’t say whether those exercises would include the George Washington.

It looks like there will be a lot of sonars banging away in the Sea of Japan, along with sub-hunting P-3s overhead, as Willard said anti-submarine warfare exercises will feature prominently. Investigators say a North Korean midget sub sank the South Korean frigate Cheonan in March, killing 46 South Korean sailors.

– Greg Grant

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Marvel July 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I wonder if "future exercises" in the Yellow Sea mean sooner rather than later…

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John Moore July 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

So they caved in to CA and moved it all to the other side?

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zap July 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

It's the smart thing to do , besides if its primarily a anti-sub exercises it makes sense to do it in the east , in a harder environment .

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noquarter July 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm

China tells us to "put the lotion in the basket."

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ZRH537 July 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I bet the North Korea tries fire at one of our subs or ships, or maybe even sink a Flat Top.

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Mr_GoodKat July 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Ha! The USN and USAF "caving in"… You're funny!!!

@ZRH537 – For the well being of humanity, please don't ever post anything again.

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John Moore July 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

What would you call it one day its in the yellow sea and the next it on the other coast?

Right after CH complains? Not saying its the USN of USAF but the politicians up top!

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jsallison July 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm

How about calling the next exercise: Operation KJI can kiss our @$$e$, and his loser son. Too long?

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Oblat July 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Is a sadder showing of American impotence even possible ?

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RSF July 24, 2010 at 11:44 am

China is taking a dim view of US carriers exercising anywhere in the Yellow Sea, and have stated so in all of their news feeds over the last several weeks.

Hopefully the Chinese won’t feel the need to “test” their ASBM on a real US flattop during this exercise, or a “mystery” submarine doesn’t end up putting a torpedo into an American vessel.

The ramifications to such an event boggle the mind….

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Tim July 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I wouldn't lose my sleep over it. China bluffs a lot; especially to those who they think are weaker. The sinking of the SK's ship is seen as a test of US-SK alliance and US commitment to its strategic partners in the region. Even as tempting as it may be -as the act of standing up to America would much satisfy the local audience- the PLAN must know it is easier to attack a lonely corvette than a fleet of powerful ships that are testing their war machines. It's about time the US does something about this as well as for freedom of passage thru the South China Sea.

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Andres July 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

the US ain't puttin vessels in nk territory rather than international territory. NK territory starts up to 17 miles away from their shore. I dont think his going to try anything. All he is chasing is the attention of the United States (thats the only reason for the missile tests) since he has it now – nothing will happen.

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