A Landing Craft Air Cushioned Hovercraft (LCAC) transport Marines and tactical vehicles with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Iwo Jima.

US and ROK Marines conduct exercises under watchful eyes of North Korea

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US Marines and the Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC) have participated in Exercise Freedom Shield, an annual training exercise aimed at enhancing interoperability and readiness between the two countries.

During the exercise, which took place in the Republic of Korea, Marines conducted various training scenarios focused on amphibious and combined arms operations. These included live-fire exercises, helicopter raids, and amphibious landings.

The exercise provided an opportunity for both countries to exchange knowledge and tactics, as well as build personal relationships between service members. It also allowed them to practice responding to potential threats in the region and maintain a strong deterrent posture.

The US and ROKMC have been close allies for decades, with the US maintaining a significant military presence in the region. The two countries regularly conduct joint training exercises and other cooperative efforts to ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the broader region.

The exercise comes at a time of heightened tensions in the region, with North Korea continuing to develop its nuclear capabilities and engage in provocative behavior. The US and South Korea have been working together to address these threats and deter any potential aggression.

Exercise Freedom Shield is just one example of the ongoing partnership between the US and South Korea. Both countries remain committed to maintaining a strong alliance and working together to ensure security and stability in the region.