The US and South Korean Marines have suspended a combined amphibious landing this week due to adverse weather, the combined command announced Wednesday.
Both countries had planned on Thursday the so-called “D-Day” landing operation (Day D), reminiscent of the invasion of Normandy, on a beach in the coastal city of Pohang.
The maneuver was cancelled “after weather assessments indicated unsafe landing conditions for service members,” said the Combined Forces Command of South Korea and the United States. UU (CFC) in a press release, adding that the participating units in the air and maritime sectors will continue to train as planned.
The head of the CFC, General Vincent K. Brooks, said it was a good decision of the commanders, who must balance preparedness and risk, even in a training environment.
The Marine Corps of both sides will be performing, until April 8, the large-scale Ssangyong (double dragon) exercise of the landing of the USS Wasp, an amphibious multi-purpose assault ship of 40,500 tons.
In these maneuvers, F-35B and the USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship of the Wasp class, are also mobilized.
The number of participating soldiers has not been announced. The Ssangyong exercise is held annually, but it takes place on a larger scale every two years, involving more than 10,000 US Marines, mostly based in Okinawa, and thousands of South Korean marines.
The Ssangyong exercise is designed to build and maintain the basic military readiness of the alliance, according to the CFC.
The two sides generally make public some elements of the Ssangyong exercise, but this year they are not allowing coverage of the media, apparently aware of a nascent mood for peace on the Korean peninsula.