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Joint U.S. and S. Korea military exercises proceed in the East China Sea

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A Super Hornet assigned to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron 115 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, Nov. 29, 2010, which is stationed in the waters west of the Korean peninsula preparing for a training exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy.

From msnbc.com news services:

Jets roared as they took off from an aircraft carrier as part of drills to practice air defense, combat warfare and search-and seizure drills, said Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd, commander of the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group.
The militaries carried out the maneuvers off Taean province, 60 miles south of Yeongpyeong and out of range of North Korean artillery.

The third in a series of joint large scale drills since the sinking of the South's Cheonan warship in March, the U.S. military said the exercise was defensive in nature and demonstrated U.S. commitment to regional security.

U.S. military officials say the situation will remain tense on the Korean peninsula as joint military exercises are conducted near the North Korean border in the wake of last week's attack.