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Allies to hold joint logistics drill

All News 09:00 April 08, 2017

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States will kick off a joint defense exercise next week aimed at enhancing logistics capabilities, their combined command said Saturday.

The annual Exercise Operation Pacific Reach is scheduled to start Monday for a 12-day run at Dogu Beach of Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, it said.

The two sides plan to focus on integrating their logistics capabilities "within air, land, maritime, space and information environments," the command said.

Operations to be practiced include the distribution of essential items, such as food, water and fuel, and loading and unloading supplies, equipment and personnel at air transportation hubs, as well as transferring cargo from the sea to shore through the construction of a temporary pier and temporary pipelines, it said.

These logistics capabilities can be used not only in combat situations but also for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Roughly 1,200 South Korean troops and 2,500 U.S. service members, including those from bases outside the peninsula will participate in the drill.

Around 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea as a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War that ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

Each year, South Korea and the U.S. stage far-reaching combined defense drills that are defensive in nature.


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