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U.S.-South Korea annual war games

Published 4:10 AM ET, Fri March 13, 2015
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Thousands of U.S. and South Korean troops conduct annual military drills. The United States and South Korea stress that the exercises, named Foal Eagle and Key Reserve, are defensive and non-provocative in nature. One of the joint drills, Key Resolve, ended Friday, March 13, according to the Combined Forces Command, a military force in charge of the operation. Courtesy U.S. Navy
A Sea Hawk helicopter lands on board a guided missile destroyer during Exercise Foal Eagle 2015. The drills take place in international waters around South Korea and feature a full spectrum of maritime operations. Courtesy U.S. Navy
A U.S. marine captain performs a survey of Jikdo Islands off the western coast of South Korea as part of the ongoing military drill. The drills, involving thousands of troops and state of the art military hardware, don't go down well with North Korea. Courtesy U.S. Navy
A guided missile destroyer patrols the seas off the Western coast of the Korean Peninsula in a photo dated March 11. Analysts believe Pyongyang uses the "threat" from the drills for its own propaganda efforts at home. It fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, shortly after the annual exercises began. Courtesy U.S. Navy
Navy officers monitor operations aboard a guided-missile destroyer during the month-long exercise. Courtesy U.S. Navy
Sailors welcome the combat ship USS Fort Worth during an arrival ceremony at the port of Pyeongtaek. Courtesy U.S. Navy
Korean visitors on board a guided missile destroyer are given a tour of the ship as a part of the exercise. Courtesy U.S. Navy