DSCA Approves SM-2 Block IIIB for South Korea

May 17, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Korea of SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles with support for an estimated cost of $313.9 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 16, 2019. The Republic of Korea (ROK) has requested to buy up to ninety-four (94) rounds of SM-2 Block IIIB Standard Missiles and twelve (12) MK 97 MOD 0 Guidance Sections for SM-2 Block IIIB. Also included is technical…

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US & South Korean Navies Work Together During SALVEX Korea 2019

March 15, 2019 – U.S. Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 and Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy diving and salvage experts began Salvage Exercise (SALVEX) Korea 2019, March 13. The bilateral exchange is focused on combined diving and salvage operations and subject matter expert exchanges. In addition, divers from both navies participated in full-mission profile salvage operations, including the use of side-scan sonar and remote operated vehicles. “Exchanges like this one are extremely valuable to both navies in terms of our ability to operate together,”…

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On the Case of Fire Control Radar Illumination by a South Korean Warship

January 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Regarding the case of firearm control radar irradiated to the P-1 patrol aircraft (Atsugi) belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force 4th Aviation Group from the Korean navy destroyer occurred on Thursday, 20 December last year, the objective fact that the Japanese side has We decided to publish the final opinion of the Ministry of Defense that we compiled and the sounds detected by the Aircraft at the occurrence of this case. As for the Ministry of Defense, we strongly protest the fire control radar…

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Hyundai Heavy Industries Receives Order for Two More Frigates

December 13, 2018 – Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group reports that it had beaten its 2018 annual target for shipbuilding orders before year’s end, recently concluding a contract to build two state-of-the-art frigates for the South Korean Navy. HHI announced today that Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has placed an order valued at KRW 633 billion (about $562 million) for two 2,800-ton class frigates. Capable of sailing at a maximum speed of 30 knots with an overall length of 122 meters and an overall beam of 14 meters, these…

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DSME to Build New Submarine Rescue Ship for South Korean Navy

December 7, 2018 (Google Translation) – Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (CEO Jung Sung-lip) announced on July 7 that it has concluded a detailed design and construction contract for the new type submarine structure (ASR-II) of the ROK Navy. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering will complete the construction by the end of 2022 and deliver it to the ROK Navy. The new submarine rescue vessel, which has been awarded this time, is equipped with the latest diving system capable of diving up to 300 meters and a new…

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Final LST-II Class Delivered by Hyundai Ulsan

November 21, 2018 (Google Translation) – Defense Agency of Korea (ROK Wang Jung-hong) announced on Nov. 21 that Ulsan Hyundai Heavy Industries will deliver LST-II ‘Nonggulbong’ to the Navy. This is the fourth and final trap after the Chunghwa-bong and Il-hoon-bong caches, starting with the delivery of Chun-wang-bong, the first landing ship in November 2014. The performance of Nongpongbong improved the maneuver speed, loading capacity and ability to support long distance transportation compared to the conventional salaried land troops possessed by the existing Navy. The 4,900-ton nokibon ship can travel…

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Standard Missile-2 defeats aerial targets in South Korean Navy exercises

October 23, 2018 – Five Raytheon Company-built SM-2 surface-to-air missiles successfully completed five test flights in back-to-back summer exercises conducted at sea by the Republic of Korea Navy, or ROKN. The Republic of Korea navy destroyer Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG 993) launches a Raytheon SM-2 missile during a previous exercise. The missile is an integral part of layered defense that protects the world’s important naval assets and gives navies a greater reach in the battlespace. ROKN fired two Block IIIA missiles in an initial exercise to test the missiles’ advanced…

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South Korea – P-8A Aircraft and Associated Support

September 13, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea (ROK) of six (6) P-8A Patrol Aircraft for an estimated cost of $2.10 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Republic of Korea (ROK) has requested to buy six (6) P-8A Patrol Aircraft, which includes: nine (9) Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems 5 (MIDS JTRS 5) (one (1) for each aircraft, one (1) for…

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DPRK lashes out at Japan for joining military drill with US

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday lashed out at Japan for strengthening military cooperation with the United States, calling it an anti-DPRK move. The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had vowed that Japan would “keep itself on a high alert based on the firm Japan-U.S. alliance” after the DPRK test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile late last month. Accusing Tokyo of “building public opinion, reversing black and white,” the commentary said Japan “is motivated by the cunning calculation…

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ROK Destroyer Exercises With EUNAVFOR in Gulf of Aden

The Korean warship, ROKS Chungmugong, has recently deployed off the coast of Somalia as part of EU NAVFOR.  This cooperation between the Republic of Korea and European Union warships is helping to strengthen maritime security and keep seafarers safe as they transit the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. ROKS Chungmugong is the lead ship in its Yi Sun-sin class of destroyer.  It comes equipped with the latest military and surveillance technology, and so is perfectly suited to counter-piracy operations. On meeting EU NAVFOR, the sailors from both ships ‘cross-decked’…

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USS Chafee participates in multilateral MIO exercise

USS Chafee (DDG 90) will join ships from the Republic of Korea Navy and the Royal Australian Navy during a multilateral maritime interdiction operations (MIO) exercise in waters off the coast of the Republic of Korea, Nov. 6-7. This exercise is designed to improve interoperability between partner nations and focus on interdicting security threats in the maritime environment that impact regional security and stability. Completion of periodic interdiction training exercises continues to improve readiness, capabilities and partnerships throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Personnel from partner nations in Europe, North America and Asia…

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US and ROK Forces Complete MIWEX

Maritime forces from the U.S. and Republic of Korea successfully completed the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX), Oct. 22. USS Chief (MCM 14), staff from Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7, and Mine Countermeasures Helicopter Squadron (HM) 14 Detachment 2A participated in MIWEX with Republic of Korea (ROK) counterparts and members of United Nations Command Sending States to increase mine countermeasure interoperability and tactical proficiency. The exercise spanned over a week and included a multitude of training drills designed to improve cooperation and proficiencies in mine countermeasures operations. HM-14 conducted…

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US, Japan, Korea Conduct BMD Exercise

The maritime forces of the United States, Japan, and Republic of Korea are conducting a trilateral link exercise (LINKEX) Oct. 24 – 25 in seas east of the Korean peninsula and waters near Japan to promote communications, interoperability and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will employ tactical data link systems to exchange track data among all the participating ships. It will allow participants to enhance tactical capabilities, increase self-defense, and strengthen partnerships and situational awareness. U.S. participants include USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Milius…

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Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise Begins Off Coast of South Korea

Maritime forces from the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK), together with personnel from United Nations Command (UNC) Sending State nations, commenced Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX) in waters off of the eastern coast of the Republic of Korea, Oct. 15.  USS Chief (MCM 14) departed Busan after a short visit to join ROK navy MCM assets. Integration procedures began to ensure all participants can work together.  Over the next week, mine countermeasure ships, aircraft and explosive ordnance personnel will conduct a series of drills meant to practice…

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U.S., Republic of Korea team up for MCM portion of Foal Eagle

April 3, 2017 – U.S. mine countermeasures, surface and expeditionary assets and counterparts from the Republic of Korea navy wrapped up the mine countermeasures portion of the bilateral exercise Foal Eagle March 29. Foal Eagle is a series of joint and combined field training exercises conducted by Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea components (ground, air, naval, and special operations) in order to enhance the combat readiness, flexibility, and capabilities of the Alliance. The MCM portion of Foal Eagle was conducted off the coast of the Republic of Korea…

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