December 05, 2023

US, ROK train for counterattacks into North Korea as joint military drills end

Expert says 2nd week of Ulchi Freedom Shield tested defenses against enemy attack and coordinated counteroffensives

The U.S. and South Korea’s large-scale Ulchi Freedom Shield (UFS) military exercises drew to a close on Thursday, following a second week of field training that included artillery firing drills on responding to North Korean attack.

The UFS kicked off on Aug. 21, and the second half of the exercises that started earlier this week consisted of five days of large-scale outdoor mobility training in the inter-Korean border areas of Pocheon and Cheorwon, according to a press release from the ROK army.