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Foal Eagle 2015 and the U.S.-ROK Alliance: A Photo Essay

The U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) alliance has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations.  This year being the 62nd anniversary of the U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty, our shared commitment to democracy and sustained partnership provide a foundation for the enduring friendship that tightly binds the American and Korean people.

During March and April, the annual Foal Eagle exercise demonstrates U.S. commitment to the ROK-U.S. alliance and enhances the combat readiness of ROK and U.S. supporting forces.  Based on realistic tactical requirements and missions expected of our ROK-U.S. combined and joint forces, these field training exercises are the culmination of many months of planning and span ground, air, naval, and special operations.  Defense-oriented and designed to enhance readiness and the ability to respond to any potential contingency that could arise, the close cooperation of Foal Eagle illustrates our increasing global partnership.

 

BUSAN, Republic of Korea (March 16, 2015) Cmdr. Matthew Kawas, commanding officer the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), Crew 103, shows Adm. Choi, Yoon-hee, chairman of Republic of Korea (ROK) joint chiefs of staff, the ships control console on the bridge as part of a tour during a port visit for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy's strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Cmdr. Matthew Kawas, commanding officer the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), Crew 103, shows Adm. Choi, Yoon-hee, chairman of Republic of Korea (ROK) joint chiefs of staff, the ships control console on the bridge as part of a tour during a port visit for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy’s strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Damonique Uzueta monitors operations in Combat Information Control, as Republic of Korea Navy Lt. j.g. Woo Sung Hwa and Chief Petty Officer Lee Moon Hoe observe, while underway aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during Exercise Foal Eagle 2015. McCain is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Damonique Uzueta monitors operations in Combat Information Control, as Republic of Korea Navy Lt. j.g. Woo Sung Hwa and Chief Petty Officer Lee Moon Hoe observe, while underway aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during Exercise Foal Eagle 2015. McCain is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Sailors assigned to Commander, Republic of Korea 2nd Fleet welcome the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during an arrival ceremony for a port visit in Pyeongtaek. The port visits provided members of both navies the opportunity to conduct theater security cooperation engagements and rehearse training scenarios for the Foal Eagle exercises, which run from March to April this year. Exercise Foal Eagle in an umbrella of regularly-scheduled, annual exercises that take place in international waters around South Korea and features a full spectrum of maritime operations.
Sailors assigned to Commander, Republic of Korea 2nd Fleet welcome the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during an arrival ceremony for a port visit in Pyeongtaek. The port visits provided members of both navies the opportunity to conduct theater security cooperation engagements and rehearse training scenarios for the Foal Eagle exercises, which run from March to April this year. Exercise Foal Eagle in an umbrella of regularly-scheduled, annual exercises that take place in international waters around South Korea and features a full spectrum of maritime operations.
Admiral Choi, Yoon-hee, chairman of the Republic of Korea joint chiefs of staff, receives a tour of the bridge from Cmdr. Matthew Kawas, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), as part of a tour during a port visit for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy's strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Admiral Choi, Yoon-hee, chairman of the Republic of Korea joint chiefs of staff, receives a tour of the bridge from Cmdr. Matthew Kawas, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), as part of a tour during a port visit for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy’s strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Admiral Choi, Yoon-hee, chairman of the Republic of Korea joint chiefs of staff, and Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea tour the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during a port visit for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy's strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Admiral Choi, Yoon-hee, chairman of the Republic of Korea joint chiefs of staff, and Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea tour the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during a port visit for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy’s strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Republic of Korea (ROK) navy midshipmen receive a tutorial on the MQ-8B Firescout from Aviation Warfare Specialist 2nd Class Ian Carpenito aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), during a port visit in Busan for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy's strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Republic of Korea (ROK) navy midshipmen receive a tutorial on the MQ-8B Firescout from Aviation Warfare Specialist 2nd Class Ian Carpenito aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), during a port visit in Busan for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy’s strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Ensign Scott Snowden, gunnery officer of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), provides a tour on the bridge for Republic of Korea (ROK) navy midshipmen during a port visit in Busan for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy's strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Ensign Scott Snowden, gunnery officer of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), provides a tour on the bridge for Republic of Korea (ROK) navy midshipmen during a port visit in Busan for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy’s strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Republic of Korea (ROK) navy midshipmen tour the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during a port visit in Busan for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy's strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Republic of Korea (ROK) navy midshipmen tour the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during a port visit in Busan for exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy’s strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Cmdr. Matthew Kawas, left, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), Crew 103, presents a coin to the daughter of a Republic of Korea (ROK) navy sailor during a welcoming ceremony for a port visit to Busan following exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy's strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Cmdr. Matthew Kawas, left, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), Crew 103, presents a coin to the daughter of a Republic of Korea (ROK) navy sailor during a welcoming ceremony for a port visit to Busan following exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy’s strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), pulls into Busan for a port visit at the conclusion of exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy's strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), pulls into Busan for a port visit at the conclusion of exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy’s strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Cmdr. Robert Francis, executive officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), points out to Korean visitors prominent features on the forecastle during a ship tour in Donghae as part of Exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability of the Indo-Asian-Pacific region.
Cmdr. Robert Francis, executive officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), points out to Korean visitors prominent features on the forecastle during a ship tour in Donghae as part of Exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability of the Indo-Asian-Pacific region.
Cmdr. Robert Francis, executive officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), tells Korean visitors the history of the ship's namesake during a ship tour as part of Exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability of the Indo-Asian-Pacific region.
Cmdr. Robert Francis, executive officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), tells Korean visitors the history of the ship’s namesake during a ship tour as part of Exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability of the Indo-Asian-Pacific region.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and the Republic of Korea navy guided-missile destroyer ROKS Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG 993) transit during a replenishment-at-sea during exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and the Republic of Korea navy guided-missile destroyer ROKS Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG 993) transit during a replenishment-at-sea during exercise Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

 

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