2015-06-06 According to a piece published on the South Korean Ministry of Defence website on May 28, 2015, the South Korean navy working with allies is shaping more effective defense capabilities by maritime forces.
Our Navy has improved combined operation capability during the pass exercise with a multi-national Navy.
The Navy developed the exercise with the U.S., French and Turkish Navies in the northeast sea around Jeju from May 22 to 25.
For the exercise, the Korean Navy’s Aegis destroyer (DDG), Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong Ham, 4,400-ton class destroyer (DDH-II) Gang Gam Chan Ham, the U.S. Navy’s Aegis, the Lassen, French Navy’s frigate, the Aconit, and Turkish Navys frigate, the Gediz, were deployed. A Lynx and two helicopters (MH-60R), Seahawk, were engaged in the exercise as well.
The exercise proceeded with a focus on improving teamwork as well as interoperability for security cooperation and humanitarian relief. According to this, the multi-national Navy developed communication exercises, tactical maneuvers, combined maneuver security, antiair warfare, tactical discussion for combined war, helicopter taking-off and landing training, etc.
America, France and Turkey are our allied nations that dispatched combat forces to Korea during the 6·25 war and shed blood to protect the freedom of Korea. France sent an infantry battalion and a naval destroyer, conducting land and sea operations, while Turkey supported around 15,000 fighting forces, which was the fourth largest troop-sending country among 16 others.
Meanwhile, the Gediz is to put in at Busan base of operation on May 26, having a variety of events such as worship for the UN Memorial Cemetery, fleet opening, exploration of culture, exchange activities and others.
Jeju island is on the southern tip of South Korea and 300 miles from the Chinese mainland.
The base being built there can be an important contributor to naval empowered defensive systems, carried by Aegis ships.