The South Korean navy recently completed anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
The Republic of Korea Navy’s (ROKN) ROKS Gang Gam-Chan recently completed its anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean as a member of Combined Task Force-151 (CTF-151). The ship was the fourth ROKN Cheonghae Unit ship to be deployed to CTF-151. The ROKN has been operating continuously in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean since April 2009.Unlike the more frequent overseas deployment of the country’s army, the ROKN’s Cheonghae Unit is the first overseas deployment of the Republic of Korea (ROK) armed forces for combat operations since the Vietnam War, when the Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC) re-established its legendary reputation as a force that can “catch the devil.” Other recent and ongoing ROK deployments have been for non-combat purposes, such as reconstruction, medical assistance, and peacekeeping. While they have included combat troops, their purpose was the protection of ROK personnel.During its deployment, ROKS Gang Gam-Chan escorted 488 commercial ships of various nationalities on a total of 29 occasions, while there were no successful pirate attacks in its area of responsibility. The KDX-2 destroyer also inspected suspect ships and thwarted attempted pirate attacks. Additionally, the KDX-2 destroyer provided emergency medical treatment and donated medical supplies aboard commercial ships, including ships registered to Bahama, the Fugro Synergy, and Hong Kong, the Fortune Apricot.ROKS Gang Gam-Chan was replaced by ROKS Wang Geon, also a destroyer of the 4,500-ton Chungmugong Yi Sun-Shin class (KDX-2). ROKS Wang Geon is known to have begun its operations on September 13.