|South Korean Navy patrol combat corvettes stage an anti-submarine exercise off the western coast of Taean on May 27, 2010. (Photo: Chinanews.com)
SEOUL, May 27 (Xinhua) -- 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.
The drill, which took place in waters off the county of Taean, about 150 km southwest of Seoul, and will end on Friday, aimed at deterring further DPRK aggression, as part of a series of countermeasures to deal with the Cheonan incident, Seoul said on Monday.
Seoul is also planning to stage joint anti-submarine drill with the United States off the west coast of the Korean peninsula next month, to "enhance the defensive ability against the DPRK", navy source was quoted as saying.