The South Korean military plans to carry out a drill to deter trespassers on its easternmost islets of Dokdo later this month, a government source said Friday.
A source said, requesting anonymity that the drill is scheduled to take place on Nov. 24th on the rocky outcroppings in the East Sea and in its surrounding waters. And that it is aimed at repelling non-military forces that approach the islets via a sea or air route.
The planned exercise will involve some five to six destroyers and convoys as well as some fighters and patrol planes.
He noted that the drill will include a landing training exercise by a squad of Marines from a UH-60 helicopter,
The exercise has been carried out twice a year since 1986, with the last one taking place on May 30, despite protests from Japan. Japan has long laid claim to Dokdo, stoking enmity in South Korea toward its former colonial ruler.
Source: Busan eFM News
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