U.S., Japanese fighter jets hold drills following North Korea missile test

5th and 8th Air Wing of Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s F-15 and F-2 fighters hold a joint military drill with U.S. Marine Aircraft Group 12’s F-35B fighters off Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu, Japan.

Fighter jets from the United States and Japan carried out joint drills on Tuesday over the Sea of Japan following North Korea’s first test-firing of a ballistic missile over Japan in five years, the U.S. military said.

“Our commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains ironclad,” the Hawaii-based U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement, adding the drill was carried out by U.S. Marine Corps fighter jets that joined Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighter jets.

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