South Korea and Japan joined in on the exercises, the first of their kind since 2017 Multinational ships hosted by the US 3rd Fleet sail in formation during the Pacific Dragon 2022 exercise, near Hawaii, August 12, 2022. © US Navy / Electronics Technician 2nd Class Leland T. Hasty II

Japan and South Korea joined US forces for missile defense drills off the coast of Hawaii, the first time the three countries have done so in several years, with the Pentagon saying the exercises were meant to respond to “c