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S. Korea's military set for Dokdo defense drills

All Headlines 11:31 December 13, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and police will stage a regular exercise to hone their combined capabilities to defend Dokdo, the country's easternmost islets, military officials said Thursday.

In the two-day maritime drills to kick off later in the day, a 3,200-ton destroyer and seven other surface ships will be mobilized, along with several aircraft such as an F-15K fighter, a P-3C maritime surveillance plane and a UH-60 helicopter, they added.

Seoul launched the Dokdo drills in 1986. Since 2003, it has typically conducted the training twice a year for its troops' combat readiness.

Korea has been in effective control of the islets with a small police detachment since its liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Japan has persistently laid claim to the islets.

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