The exercise Ssang Yong, which means “twin dragons” in Korean, involves naval units from South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The international force will conduct a simulated amphibious assault along beaches in the vicinity of Pohang.
“Boxer is one of the main batteries for this exercise,” said Capt. Keith Moore, commander of Amphibious Squadron 1. “It will provide the full capacity of our air combat element, our battalion landing team, and the logistics element. The ships will provide landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles to hit the beach and execute the missions we’ve trained for during work-ups.”
Some 9,200 Marines, 3,100 U.S. Navy sailors, 4,500 Republic of Korea Marine Corps, 3,000 Republic of Korea Navy members, 100 Australian Army soldiers and 60 Royal New Zealand Army members will participate in the exercise.
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