April 5, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROK Navy Task Group Chung-Hae Arrives in Bahrain
MANAMA, Bahrain – The Republic of Korea (ROK) Task Group Chung-Hae and its flagship ROKS Munmu the Great (DDG 976) arrived in Bahrain today to make a port visit before joining Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 in the Gulf of Aden conducting counter-piracy operations.
Munmu the Great is the first ROK navy warship to be deployed to the Middle East since the establishment of the Korean Navy 64 years ago.
While operating as part of CTF 151, the ROK task group will help escort Korean ships transiting the region as well as join U.S., UK, Danish and Turkish naval forces that have conducted counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
“We welcome the participation of the Republic of Korea naval forces who will conduct counter-piracy efforts as part of CTF 151,” said Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe, Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces. “They will play a vital role and join a growing number of international navies deployed to the region to deter, disrupt and thwart piracy off the Somali coast.”
The 300 person ROK Task Group is commanded by Captain Jang Sung-Woo and is comprised of Munmu the Great, its embarked helicopter and visit, board, search and seizure teams.
While in Bahrain, the task group will conduct training with U.S. Coast Guard boarding teams as well as visit with Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) leadership.
CTF 151 is a multinational task force established to conduct counter-piracy operations under a mission-based mandate throughout the CMF area of responsibility to actively deter, disrupt and suppress piracy in order to protect global maritime security and secure freedom of navigation for the benefit of all nations.