US Navy Flag Officer Assignment

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced today the following assignment: Capt. Michael E. Boyle, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as commander, Navy Region Korea; commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea; and commander, Naval Component, U.S. Forces Korea, United Nations Command, Korea.  Boyle is currently assigned as director for international engagement, N52, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, District of Columbia.

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Australian Navy in exercise off Republic of Korea

Royal Australian Navy frigates Parramatta and Melbourne, have joined Republic of Korea destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju. The exercise also included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said that the joint exercise was vital to global maritime security. “Australia is deeply concerned about the global threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its illegal activities,” he said. “As…

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Exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY

Australia and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will participate in Exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY, a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise, from 1–3 November 2017. The biennial exercise demonstrates a shared commitment by Australia and the ROK to regional security and security of the Korean peninsula. Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigates HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne and a Royal Australian Air Force P-8 maritime patrol aircraft will participate in the exercise with six ROK ships, a submarine and a maritime surveillance aircraft from the ROK Navy. Commander of the Joint Task Group Captain…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Visits South Korea

Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in Busan for a port visit, Oct. 21. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked staff of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staff and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Chafee (DDG 90) pulled into Busan after participating in Maritime Counter Special Operations Force Exercise (MCSOFEX) 2017. The focus of the bilateral training exercise was to increase the readiness of U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) forces and…

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ROK Navy Welcomes USS Michigan to Busan to Strengthen Partnership

USS Michigan (SSGN 727) (Gold) arrived at Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK), Oct. 13, for a routine visit during a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific.  During the visit Sailors will experience the culture and history of the ROK, while fostering outstanding relations between the U.S. Navy, ROK military and the local Busan community. “The U.S. and ROK navies have always enjoyed a strong relationship. Today, our relationship is stronger than it has ever been and our ironclad partnership is further reinforced by this visit from Michigan,” said Rear…

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U.S. and Korea navies to conduct joint maritime counter special operations exercise

Vessels from the United States Navy and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy are scheduled to participate in the Maritime Counter Special Operations exercise (MCSOFEX) Oct. 17-20, in the waters east or west of the Korean Peninsula to promote communications, interoperability, and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will provide a visible and coordinated engagement for the U.S. – ROK alliance. It will also conduct combined joint operations and exercises with ROK Navy, U.S. Seventh Fleet, ROK Air Force, U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ 7th Air Force and U.S. Eighth…

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US forces to participate in Seoul ADEX 2017

The U.S. military will be represented at the 2017 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, or Seoul ADEX 17, at Seoul Airport, South Korea, Oct. 17-22, 2017. Approximately 200 U.S. personnel will facilitate a cross-section of U.S. military aircraft, which are scheduled for static displays and aerial demonstrations, including the F-22 Raptor, A-10 Thunderbolt II, C-17 Globemaster III, C-130J Hercules, B-1B Lancer, KC-135 Stratotanker, E-3 Sentry, U-2 Dragon Lady, RQ-4 Global Hawk and the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter, the F-35A Lightning II. Additional displays will include a U.S….

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Saab at Seoul ADEX 2017

Defense and security company Saab will exhibit at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhbition (Seoul ADEX 2017), in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 17 to 22 October. Please visit us in Hall B, Stand 33 (B33). Seoul ADEX is a major forum for the aerospace and defense sectors in the Republic of Korea and the wider Asia Pacific region. Saab has a significant presence in South Korea, and at ADEX 2017 we will highlight further opportunities to work together for the defense and security of Korea’s people. This year…

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USS Tucson visits Chinhae during Western Pacific Deployment

USS Tucson (SSN 770) arrived at U.S. Fleet Activities Chinhae, Oct. 7, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.  With a crew of approximately 150, Tucson can conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiencies of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.  “The Korean-American relationship is very important and our visit to Chinhae gives us the opportunity to strengthen the outstanding relationship that exists between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea,” said Cmdr. Chad Hardt, commanding officer. “My crew and I are looking…

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USS Chief visits South Korea’s Jeju Island

USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived at the southern island of Jeju-do for a routine port visit and completion of planned training and certifications, Sept. 26. Capt. Glen Leverette, the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, greeted the ship along with Rear Adm. Kim, Jung-Soo, the commander of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy’s Maritime Task Force Flotilla 7, and more than 100 ROK sailors, welcome Chief to the southern island. “The ROK Navy and Flotilla 7 leadership always provide a warm welcome and excellent support to our ships,” said…

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US Navy to visit Republic of Korea island for first time

March 23, 2017 – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) is scheduled to arrive in Jeju-do, Republic of Korea (ROK), March 25. This will mark the first visit by any U.S. Navy ship since the ROK Joint Civil-Military Complex opened, Feb. 26. Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, will greet the ship along with Rear Adm. Kim, Jeongsu, commander of Maritime Task Force Flotilla 7, as more than 100 ROK sailors welcome Stethem to the southern island. “This may the first time we…

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