South Korean Navy ships visits Vietnam

By Van Khoa, Thanh Nien News

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South Korean destroyer ROKS Choe Yeong in Ho Chi Minh City on December 3, 2014. Photo: Van Khoa South Korean destroyer ROKS Choe Yeong in Ho Chi Minh City on December 3, 2014. Photo: Van Khoa

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Destroyer ROKS Choe Yeong and combat support ship ROKS Cheonji of the Republic of Korea Navy sailed into Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday for a four-day port visit as part of its international voyage.
The ships brought 650 personnel, including 140 midshipmen from ROK Naval Academy, on a 96-day training deployment, incorporating 12 ports in 12 different countries. Vietnam is the 11th destination.
Rear Admiral Chun Jung-soo said the voyage provides the trainees with hands-on experience before they become commissioned military officers. It also aims to enhance the relationship between South Korean and the visited countries.
Destroyer ROKS Choe Yeong was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and entered service in September 2008.
She is about 150 metres (490 ft) long, 17 metres (56 ft) wide and displaces between 4,800 and 5,000 tons, with a crew of 200.
Her armament consists of a 32-cell vertical launching system, a Mk 45 gun, a RAM launcher, a Goalkeeper CIWS and eight Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
She was assigned to patrol the Northern Limit Line in November 2009 after a boundary dispute clash with North Korea.
In January 2011, the destroyer conducted a anti-piracy operations off Somalia to rescue a Norwegian chemical tanker which was operated by a Korean firm and had eight Koreans in the crew members.
She successfully evacuated 32 South Korean nationals stranded in Libya two months later.

 South Korean destroyer ROKS Choe Yeong in Ho Chi Minh City on December 3, 2014. Photo: Van Khoa

 South Korean destroyer ROKS Choe Yeong in Ho Chi Minh City on December 3, 2014. Photo: Van Khoa

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