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U.S., Korean navies hold bilateral exercise ahead of 70-year milestone

27 September 2023

From Story by Lt.Cmdr. Seth Koenig , Commander, Task Force 70 / Carrier Strike Group 5

AT SEA - The U.S. Navy and Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy concluded a multi-domain bilateral exercise on Sept. 27, nearing the 70-year anniversary of the two countries’ Oct. 1, 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty.
USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) underway with Republic of Korea Navy ships.
AT SEA - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) operates in formation with the Republic of Korea Navy Sejong the Great-class guided-missile destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi I (DDG 992) during a bilateral exercise, Sept. 25. Robert Smalls is assigned to Commander, Task Force 70 and is participating in a multi-domain bilateral exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise is taking place near the 70th anniversary of the U.S. and Republic of Korea’s Oct. 1, 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty. [U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Timothy Fortin]
USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) underway with Republic of Korea Navy ships.
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AT SEA - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) operates in formation with the Republic of Korea Navy Sejong the Great-class guided-missile destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi I (DDG 992) during a bilateral exercise, Sept. 25. Robert Smalls is assigned to Commander, Task Force 70 and is participating in a multi-domain bilateral exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise is taking place near the 70th anniversary of the U.S. and Republic of Korea’s Oct. 1, 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty. [U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Timothy Fortin]
Photo By: Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Timothy Fortin
VIRIN: 230925-N-HP061-1141


The U.S. Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86), assigned to Commander, Task Force 70, joined a Korean Navy force led by Maritime Task Flotilla (MTF) 7 surface ships, as well as bilateral air and sub-surface assets, during the exercise.

“Over the last 70 years, our alliance with the Republic of Korea has proven to be one of the strongest and most durable in modern history,” said Rear Adm. Pat Hannifin, Commander, Task Force 70. “Exercises like this allow our navies to not only maintain confidence in our ability to fight together as a unified force, but to get better, find efficiencies and continue innovating. Our bilateral navy team is more proficient and more powerful now than it’s ever been, and this exercise was a perfect chance to showcase that.”

USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) underway.
AT SEA - Lt. j.g. Jung Kim, from San Ramon, California observes a replenishment-at-sea with Lt. Jeong Woo Jin on the bridge aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) during a fueling replenishment-at-sea with first-in-class fast-combat support ship ROKS Cheonji (AOE 57), Sept. 26. Robert Smalls is assigned to Commander, Task Force 70 and is participating in a multi-domain bilateral exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise is taking place near the 70th anniversary of the U.S. and Republic of Korea’s Oct. 1, 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack)
USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) underway.
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AT SEA - Lt. j.g. Jung Kim, from San Ramon, California observes a replenishment-at-sea with Lt. Jeong Woo Jin on the bridge aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) during a fueling replenishment-at-sea with first-in-class fast-combat support ship ROKS Cheonji (AOE 57), Sept. 26. Robert Smalls is assigned to Commander, Task Force 70 and is participating in a multi-domain bilateral exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise is taking place near the 70th anniversary of the U.S. and Republic of Korea’s Oct. 1, 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack
VIRIN: 230926-N-QF023-1075


Participating Korean ships include Sejong the Great-class guided-missile destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi I (DDG 992), Chungmugong Yi Sunshin-class helicopter destroyer ROKS Dae Joyeung (DDH 997) and the first-in-class fast-combat support ship ROKS Cheonji (AOE 57).

USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) underway with Republic of Korea Navy ships.
AT SEA - The Republic of Korea Chungmugong Yi Sunshin-class helicopter destroyer ROKS Dae Joyeung (DDG 997), left, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG 62), fast-combat support ship ROKS Cheonji (AOE 57), Sejong the Great-class guided-missile destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi I (DDG 992), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) operate in formation during a bilateral exercise. Robert Smalls and Shoup are assigned to Commander, Task Force 70 and are participating in a multi-domain bilateral exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise is taking place near the 70th anniversary of the U.S. and Republic of Korea’s Oct. 1, 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty. [U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Timothy Fortin]
USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) underway with Republic of Korea Navy ships.
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AT SEA - The Republic of Korea Chungmugong Yi Sunshin-class helicopter destroyer ROKS Dae Joyeung (DDG 997), left, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG 62), fast-combat support ship ROKS Cheonji (AOE 57), Sejong the Great-class guided-missile destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi I (DDG 992), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) operate in formation during a bilateral exercise. Robert Smalls and Shoup are assigned to Commander, Task Force 70 and are participating in a multi-domain bilateral exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise is taking place near the 70th anniversary of the U.S. and Republic of Korea’s Oct. 1, 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty. [U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Timothy Fortin]
Photo By: Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Timothy Fortin
VIRIN: 230925-N-HP061-1344


The bilateral exercise included personnel exchanges, coordinated maneuvering, anti-submarine warfare drills and combined refueling operations, among other dynamic interactions.

USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) sails alongside Chungmugong Yi Sunshin-class helicopter destroyer ROKS Dae Joyeung (DDH 997) and first-in-class fast-combat support ship ROKS Cheonji (AOE 57) during a photo exercise with Republic of Korea ships.
AT SEA - Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) sails alongside Chungmugong Yi Sunshin-class helicopter destroyer ROKS Dae Joyeung (DDH 997) and first-in-class fast-combat support ship ROKS Cheonji (AOE 57) during a photo exercise with Republic of Korea ships, Sept. 25. Robert Smalls is assigned to Commander, Task Force 70 and is participating in a multi-domain bilateral exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise is taking place near the 70th anniversary of the U.S. and Republic of Korea’s Oct. 1, 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) sails alongside Chungmugong Yi Sunshin-class helicopter destroyer ROKS Dae Joyeung (DDH 997) and first-in-class fast-combat support ship ROKS Cheonji (AOE 57) during a photo exercise with Republic of Korea ships.
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AT SEA - Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) sails alongside Chungmugong Yi Sunshin-class helicopter destroyer ROKS Dae Joyeung (DDH 997) and first-in-class fast-combat support ship ROKS Cheonji (AOE 57) during a photo exercise with Republic of Korea ships, Sept. 25. Robert Smalls is assigned to Commander, Task Force 70 and is participating in a multi-domain bilateral exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise is taking place near the 70th anniversary of the U.S. and Republic of Korea’s Oct. 1, 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class RuKiyah
VIRIN: 230925-N-QF023-1217


USS Robert Smalls and USS Shoup are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. U.S. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
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