U.S., South Korea, and Japan Conduct Three-Day Missile Defense Exercise

On Friday, January 20, 2017, The United States, South Korea, and Japan began a three-day naval-missile defense exercise in response to concerns of a possible North Korean ICBM test during President Trump’s inauguration. The exercises were conducted as a combined effort between the USS Stethem (DDG 63), the JDS Kirishima (DDG-174), and the ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG-991). Although no interceptors were launched, the exercise included missile detection and tracking drills in the Sea of Japan, where Aegis-equipped ships faced simulated targets. This exercise was the third of its kind, following similar drills in June and November 2016.

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Missile Defense Project, "U.S., South Korea, and Japan Conduct Three-Day Missile Defense Exercise," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 25, 2017, last modified June 15, 2018, https://missilethreat.csis.org/u-s-south-korea-japan-conduct-three-day-missile-defense-exercise/.