Photos from Operation Foal Eagle 2016 – South Korea

While the (at least one would hope) “normal” saber rattling from North Korea continues unabated, the United States and South Korea are conducting their yearly Operation Foal Eagle, a yearly exercise of US and Korean military personnel. This year, the maneuvers include “about 17,000 US troops, along with an astonishing 300,000 of their South Korean Counterparts.”

Business Insider, normally known for their comments on commerce, has an excellent set of photographs from Foal Eagle 2016. With the image set is what looks to be the Thales F88 (on a mis-labeled picture of South Korean and “US Marine”) above and plenty of action with the latest Marine Corps M4’s replete with M203 40mm grenade launchers.


Interestingly, the photos have also captured the M203-equipped Daewoo rifles that are standard-issue to the Republic of Korea’s military grenadiers. From there, M2 .50 cal Brownings along with M60’s on the tanks. Of course, artillery is present and AAV’s drop troops in a practice amphibious landing. Sadly, no DH40’s,

Pyongyang is as usual, throwing a temper tantrum and “holding tightly the arms to annihilate the enemies with towering hatred for them are waiting for the dignified Supreme Command to issue an order to launch a preemptive strike of justice.”

You can check out the rest of the photos from the ongoing Foal Eagle 2016 at Business Insider’s website.

Nathan S

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  • Dan

    Why is there a soldier with a Thales F88? Australian soldier training with the Americans?

    • Kiwishooter

      Probably because both the Australian and New Zealand Army were there also, the author seems to have omitted this however.

    • politicsbyothermeans

      ROKNSWF? 707? Hard to tell. Officially, the ROK doesn’t field the F88/F90. However, the ROK (their SOF in particular) do a ton of cross-training and JCETs so it wouldn’t be too surprising if they were training with an F88.

      Then again, when there are Aussies and Kiwis around, there is just as good a chance that one of wanted to give a K2 a go and let one of his Korean homies borrow his F88.

      • jono102

        That’s definitely an Aussie with the F88A2. No doubt put together with the ROK guy for PR money shot and the flag would be an “Exercise” one given to all participants.
        Latest version of the Aussie cam pattern is a Multicam/Aussie Jellybean cam hybrid you can see it in his helmet cover . On top of that combination of the helmet type, TBAS armour and PRR radio are give away to being a digger. Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s 3RAR as they have a big of historical link with Korea with the Battle of Kapyong being a battle honour and 3RAR I believe has the maritime role among their Bn’s

  • Bill

    The North Koreans will shoot the Pacific Ocean with some more missiles after holding a parade.

    The Random Name Generator really balled up that one: “Foal Eagle?”

    • SP mclaughlin

      I think it’s been called that for some time now.
      Besides, it probably means something significant in Korean anyway.

      • politicsbyothermeans

        Foal Eagle started in the late 90s, IIRC. Most named operations in the ROK are half Hangul, half English. Ulchi Focus Lens, for example. There are actually DoD regulations guiding the naming of operations and exercises.

      • HB

        Well, even in Korean language it’s not that significant; at least I think so.
        Actually, even in Korean medias Foal Eagle is just called ‘Eagle exercise’ in Korean.

    • noob

      It would make a great logo – some kind of deer bird? or an eagle with a bambi in its claws?

      • john huscio

        Eagle with a young horse

        • noob

          Oh I got foals confused with fawns.

          So is the eagle America and does south korea have an affinity with horses?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Somebody is eventually going to have to deal with the Norks.

    They’ve basically gotten into the General Lee and sailed over every line in the sand we have drawn.

    • BattleshipGrey

      Never heard the term “Norks” before. I like that.

    • SirOliverHumperdink

      A topic I follow closely. I watch lots of footage of defectors. Most all get out through china. Unless NK does something really big and stupid, I think china is eventually the one who will have to deal with them.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    It would be cool if they had the kind of shells that blew up in the shape of a cowboy hat.

    • politicsbyothermeans

      The cyber guys have smoke grenades shaped like fedoras.

      • USMC03Vet

        Call sign: M’Lady

  • HB

    The “K2 with M203″is actually “K2 with K201”. K201 is a grenade launcher, basically almost the same as M203, but ‘face-lifted’ a little bit. It was built to be attached to K2 rifle, which can’t accept original M203 due to the different shape and mounting adaptor of K2.


    Have the N. Koreans updated their equipment or weaponry at all?

    No need to worry about their “Navy” apparently, since they lost contact with a SUBMARINE of all things recently. Like what?

  • Just Kidding

    Why give our soldiers guns when the DPRK has nukes? Shouldnt they be armed with Doves and Flowers?

  • True they are nuts but a nuclear exchange just to get it over with! Don’t think so.

    • DW

      2077 comes early

  • Uniform223

    What type of camo do those Koreans have?

    • stimr2

      It’s the ROKMC digital tiger stripe camo.

  • Otm Shooter

    Love me some Daewoos…

  • TJbrena

    I love the heat shields those K2s have. Always thought that GL heat shields were sexy.

  • Devil_Doc

    I like NORK better. It’s funnier. Funny, like your fat supreme leaders haircut, or how fast even US reserve troops would grind your military to pieces.

  • Devil_Doc

    Cool.. I participated in Foal Eagle in 98 or 99. I was stuck in Pohang for about 6 months, did 2 back to back deployments. Lesson learned there was don’t piss off the Phillipino mafia. Lol.. Korea was fun though, great food and great shopping. Soju…