US, South Korea launch Max Thunder exercise

The allies undertook a military exercise codenamed Max Thunder in a bid to “sharpen tactical skills” and “test aerial combat capability.”

As reported by Censor.NET citing The Express, the U.S. and South Korea carried out a series of military drills in response to Kim Jong-un's missiles tests.

Around 1,000 U.S. airmen and fighter jets teamed up with the South Korean Air Force in a joint combat training to ensure they are ready to combat the North's provocations, the Pacific Command (PACOM) announced today, April 17.

Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, said: "Exercise Max Thunder serves as an invaluable opportunity for U.S. and South Korean forces to train together shoulder-to-shoulder and sharpen tactical skills vital to the defense and security of the Korean Peninsula.

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"This exercise will rigorously test our aerial combat capability and highlights the ironclad commitment between the U.S. and (South Korea), and the multifaceted capabilities we possess in this theater," the military official stressed.

Last weekend, a U.S. aircraft carrier and its strike group were diverted to waters off the Korean Peninsula. The Trump administration has warned its policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over.

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