South Korea has conducted massive live-fire drills in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) in a show of its resolve to retaliate against North Korea’s provocations, Yonhap news agency reported citing the country’s Navy said on Tuesday.
Among assets mobilized were the 2,500-ton Gangwon frigate, a 1,000-ton patrol ship, 400-ton guided-missile vessels and 130-ton high-speed boats, according to the Navy.
“The training this time is aimed at improving our military’s immediate response posture against the enemy’s naval provocation,” Capt. Choi Young-chan, commander of the 13th Maritime Battle Group, said. “If the enemy provokes anywhere, whether on or under water, we will immediately hit back and bury them at sea.”
The drill came two days after the North Korea carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test, claiming it used a hydrogen bomb.
Yesterday the South’s military launched a volley of ballistic missiles simulating an attack on the North’s nuclear test site.
The Navy also plans to hold four-day battle group training from Wednesday in the country’s southern waters. It would involve more than 10 ships including the 2,500-ton Chungbuk frigate and submarine, as well as the P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft and Lynx multi-role planes. The Air Force’s F-15K fighter jets and a CN-235 transport plane will also join it, added the Navy.
Separately, South Korea and the U.S. are scheduled to hold anti-submarine warfare (ASW) practice in the East Sea on Thursday and Friday.