Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The remarkable activities of ROK Navy Cheonghae Unit

It was impressive to see the Cheonghae Unit of the ROk Navy rescued abducted ships and its sailors without any casualties in 2010. Rescue missions are risky because a single mistake or contingencies can cause human casualties. South Korea's contributions to global security are impressive. Since an early foray into Somalia in 1993, South Korea has expanded its involvement in UN peace operations and currently contributes troops to ongoing operations in Haiti and Lebanon. It sustains a continuous naval presence in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean as part of multinational anti-piracy efforts, thanks to the construction of six modern destroyers over the past decade. Given Korea's security concerns in its immediate vicinity, its determination to contribute to global public goods is remarkable and points to a continuing rise in influence globally.

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