Wednesday, December 6 2017 18:47 EET
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U.S. and South Korea combine air forces for Vigilant Ace exercise on the Korean Peninsula
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Combined U.S.-South Korea forces send 230 aircraft, including 5th-generation stealth fighters, to exercise Vigilant Ace, ensuring alliance airpower is ready to defend Korea.

Vigilant Ace 18 is an annual exercise geared toward enhancing interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces and ensuring local peace and security.

During the week-long exercise, the U.S. and ROK are combining their forces with a total of 230 aircraft, training on mutual support procedures and further improving understanding and trust between the two nations, reports U.S. Pacific Command.

Drills will test warfighter procedures, focusing on full-spectrum operations to deter, and if necessary defeat, a rapidly evolving threat.

In the air, U.S. F-22 Raptors, F-35 Lightning IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-15 Eagles, F-18 Hornets and EA-18G Growlers are flying alongside ROK F-15K Slam Eagles and F-4 Phantom IIs, providing realistic air combat training and enhancing operational and tactical-level coordination through combined and joint combat training.

It serves as one way the U.S. can reaffirm its commitment to stability in the Northeast Asia region and highlight its longstanding military partnership and enduring friendship with the ROK

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