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150129-N-ZZ999-008 BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Jan. 29, 2015) Cmdr. Chase Sargeant, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), is greeted by a Republic of Korea naval officer after the ship arrived in Busan for a scheduled port visit. John S. McCain just concluded a series of bilateral training exercise with the Republic of Korea navy in international waters west of the Korean peninsula. The routine exercise focused on reinforcing teamwork and interoperability between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies while giving Sailors the opportunity to sharpen their tactical skills. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Republic of Korea navy/Released)
Mustin, John S. McCain Sailors Strengthen Partnerships in Korea Through Bilateral Training and Port Visit
By MCC Wendy Wyman, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs
BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Sailors from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) strengthened partnerships with the Republic of Korea navy during a port visit to Busan, Jan 29 - Feb 2.

During the port visit, crew members plan to conduct warfighting skills engagements and exchanges with their ROK Navy counterparts and visit local sites in the Busan community.

"This opportunity for bilateral engagement allows us to foster existing friendships while emphasizing shared tactics and technology between the U.S. and ROK navies," said Lt. Richard Ray, operations officer aboard USS John S. McCain.

The ships just concluded a series of bilateral training exercises with the ROK navy in international waters east and west of the Korean peninsula. The routine exercises focused on reinforcing teamwork and interoperability between the U.S. and ROK navies while giving Sailors the opportunity to sharpen their tactical skills. The exercises covered a full spectrum of scenarios including antisubmarine warfare training, communication drills, ship maneuvers, and naval liaison officer exchanges.

While in Busan, Sailors from both ships will also have the opportunity to conduct community relations engagements in the local Busan community. Fostering enduring relationships through community relations with local citizens, teambuilding activities with the ROK Navy, and regular bilateral training is part of the U.S. Navy's contribution to sustaining a strong alliance between the U.S. and the ROK.

"Through bi-lateral training, we can improve our proficiency and integration with U.S. Navy ships," said Cmdr. Lee, Jong-Sik, of the Republic of Korea Fleet Headquarters in Busan. "However, it is through port visits like in Busan, that we can truly share our Korean culture and heritage as Sailors with our U.S. Navy counterparts."

Mustin and John S. McCain are forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet, which maintains an enduring presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. As multi-mission platforms, the ships can carry out independent operations or operate in conjunction with a carrier strike group or other partner navies to conduct maritime security and stability operations across the region.
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