Hundreds of South Korean and US Marines braved subfreezing temperatures as they took part in winter training exercises on Tuesday.
Photos show shirtless soldiers wrestling, doing press-ups and snow sport exercises in the eastern mountainous region of Pyeongchang, South Korea, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul.
More than 220 South Korean Marines and 220 US Marines took part in the drill, which comes less than two months before the Winter Olympic Games set to be held there in February.
The training exercises began on December 4 at the Mount Hwangbyeong training camp as part of the Korea Marine Exercise Program, Yonhap News agency reported . . .
A spokesman for the US marine unit, the III US Marine Expeditionary Force, told the news agency: ‘This exercise has been held with a focus on enhancing the combined combat capabilities of the South Korean and US Marine Corps in winter war conditions under which temperatures drop to about minus 20C.’ (Read more from “US Marines Protect the Winter Olympics in South Korea From Kim Jong-Un” HERE)