USFK releases ‘Teak Knife’ surgical strike drills amid NK missile provocations

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) — A U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) unit conducted surgical drills involving its special commandos earlier this week at a U.S. military base just south of Seoul, its commander said Friday. public affairs office, following the intervention of North Korea. missile provocations.

The USFK Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR) revealed on its Facebook account on Wednesday a series of photos showing the main activities of the Teak Knife exercise at an airfield at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul.

Designed to ensure “realistic, multi-domain” readiness, the exercise included exercises on airfield seizure, hostage rescue mission, night infiltrations, close air support, precision fire and a direct action raid, according to SOCKOR.

The revelations came as Pyongyang fired one short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) on Sunday, two SRBMs on Wednesday and two more on Thursday. The regime’s slashing coincided with a naval exercise between South Korea and the United States involving the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

A year ago, the US military also went public with its Teak Knife exercise amid tensions over missile launches from the North.

The drill was seen by some observers as involving an operation to “decapitate” North Korean leaders, but the U.S. military dismissed that view, saying it was a training program designed to “maximizing unit and individual readiness”.

In recent months, Seoul and Washington have increased the volume of public communications regarding their combined or stand-alone exercises as part of efforts to bolster deterrence against evolving North Korean nuclear and missile threats.

Christine E. Phillips