The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier arrived in Busan today as part of the joint annual drills, Key Resolve and Foal Eagle. The two-week long Key Resolve started Monday, while Foal Eagle runs through the end of April.
The Carl Vinson will conduct exercises with the South Korean Navy in the waters around the Korean Peninsula during the Foal Eagle field training.
“The training opportunities we have in this region are world-class and allow us to build upon our strong alliance with the Republic of Korea,” said Rear Adm James Kilby, commander of USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group 1.
The port call is aimed at deterring increasing threats on the Korean Peninsula said Kilby.
“I also understand that the threat has only increased with each senseless act of aggression (by North Korea). To be clear, our presence here today is a clear signal of our commitment to defend this nation and region,” he said.