DTN News - FOAL EAGLE 2012: US, South Korean Forces Joint Military Exercise Foal Eagle Largest Of Year In South KoreaSource: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 29, 2012: The annual combined field training exercise, part of Foal Eagle 2012, is conducted between the Republic of Korea and United States forces and is one of the largest annual military training exercises in the world. In the past, this annual training has caused tensions with North Korea.
The primary purpose of Foal Eagle is to demonstrate ROK-US military resolve to deter war on the Korean peninsula and to improve the combined and joint operational posture of those forces. Foal Eagle is a purely defensive exercise which tests the capability of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to defend itself, assisted by U.S. armed forces, and it is also primarily a rear area security and stability operations, onward movement of critical assets to the forward area, special operations, ground maneuver, amphibious operations, combat air operations, maritime action group operations and counter special operations forces exercises (CSOFEX)
United Nations Command informs the Korean People's Army in North Korea that the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States would be conducting the routine defensive exercise. The United Nations Command also reassured the Korean People's Army at general officer-level talks that these exercises, conducted annually in or around March, are purely defensive in nature and have no connection to ongoing or current events. The Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission monitors the exercise to ensure that there are no violations of the Korean Armistice Agreement.
Since 2001, Foal Eagle combined with the annual ROK-US Reception, Staging, Onward movement, and Integration (RSOI) combined exercises, with RSOI being re-named Key Resolve in 2008.
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