South Korean Navy Stages Anti-Submarine Exercise in Response to Sinking of Warship

The South Korean Navy on Thursday held a large-scale anti-submarine drill in the Yellow Sea amid rising tensions between South Korea and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

About 10 South Korean warships, including a 3,500-ton KDX-I destroyer, three 1,200-ton patrol ships and six high-speed boats were deployed for the drill. The soldiers also practiced firing live artillery and dropping anti-submarine depth charges, local media quoted officers at the Navy Second Fleet Command in Pyongtaek as saying.

A fleet of South Korean warships fired artillery and dropped anti-submarine bombs Thursday in a large-scale military exercise off the west coast despite North Korea's warnings that such drills will drive the peninsula to the brink of war.