South Korea, US begin their largest joint military drills ‘Ulchi Freedom Shield’

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South Korea and the United States began their largest joint military drills in years today with a resumption of field training. According media reports, the annual summertime exercises, renamed ‘Ulchi Freedom Shield’ this year are scheduled to end on 1st of September.

South Korea also launched the four-day Ulchi civil defence drills separately , designed to boost government readiness, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic emerged. The military and civil exercises are aimed at improving the country’s preparedness to match the changing patterns of war, with evolving cyber threats against key facilities such as chip factories and supply chains.

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