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US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea for military drills

By Reuters
June 23, 2024
United States Navys nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Busan, South Korea on June 22, 2024. — AFP
United States Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Busan, South Korea on June 22, 2024. — AFP

SEOUL: A nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier, the Theodore Roosevelt, arrived in the South Korean port city of Busan on Saturday to take part in joint military exercises later this month with the host nation and Japan, naval officials said.

The leaders of the three countries agreed at a summit last August to hold annual military training drills as they sought to project unity in the face of China’s growing power and nuclear threats from North Korea.

This month’s drills, called “Freedom Edge”, will involve the three countries’ navies and include maritime, anti-submarine warfare exercises and air defence exercises, said U.S. Rear Admiral Christopher Alexander.