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New Era of US, ROK Navy Alliance Begins in Busan

Ceremony marking  opening of CNFKs new headquarters building in Busan since their relocation from Seoul. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Jermaine M. Ralliford

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 19, officially opening its headquarters in Busan and ushering in a new era of U.S. and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) alliance. The ceremony, attended by dignitaries and senior U.S. and ROK military leaders, marked the completion of CNFK's relocation to Busan making it the only U.S. military headquarters in Korea located on a ROK base. "Five years in the planning, but 59 years in the making, Commander Naval Forces Korea is home in Busan," Rear Adm. Bill Byrne, commander of CNFK, said. "We are where we belong, shoulder-to-shoulder with the Republic of Korea Navy." The relocation from Seoul to Busan enhances the alliance between the ROK and U.S. navies by enabling closer collaboration and communication and reinforces the strong relationship between the partner navies. "Together we will continue to serve this nation, strengthen our friendship, and nurture this alliance," Byrne said. "This partnership, like this building, will stand the test of time." ROKN Vice Adm. Lee, Ki-sik, commander of the ROK fleet in Busan, highlighted the importance of the partnership and the role this move will play in future operations. "There is no doubt in my mind that by working together, face-to-face, in the same location in such critical times, we will further solidify the ROK and U.S


US Bolsters Navy Alliance with Korea

Rear. Adm. Bill Byrne, commander U.S. Naval Forces Korea; Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander, U.S. Forces Korea; VAdm. Ki-sik Lee, commander Republic of Korea Fleet; Maj. Gen. James Walton, director of transformation and re-stationing for U.S. Forces Korea; Hon. Mark Lippert, U.S. ambassador to the ROK; Jung Gyung-jin, mayor of Busan for administrative affairs and Lee Jong-cheol, Nam-gu district mayor (U.S. Navy photo by Jermaine M. Ralliford)

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony February 19, officially opening its headquarters in Busan and ushering in a new era of U.S. and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) alliance.    The ceremony, attended by dignitaries and senior U.S. and ROK military leaders, marked the completion of CNFK's relocation to Busan making it the only U.S. military headquarters in Korea located on a ROK base.  


Gas Turbine Acceptance Test Completed for S. Korea Navy

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has reached a milestone in the Republic of Korea Navy’s FFX frigate program, with the successful completion of acceptance tests for the MT30 gas turbine. The MT30, which will power the FFX Batch II frigates, is the world’s most power-dense marine gas turbine, meaning it packs in the maximum power into the smallest available space on board the ship, Rolls-Royce said. The FFX Batch II program is for eight ships


USCG Provides SAR Planning Support to Korea

The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and Republic of Korea vessel Sam-Bong conduct a search in the Bering Sea near Chukotka, Russia, as a Republic of Korea Navy P-3 Orion airplane flies overhead

  Coast Guard search and rescue crews were relieved by Republic of Korea assets on Saturday in their search for 26 crewmembers from the fishing vessel 501 Oryong that capsized Nov. 30, 2014, near Chukotka, Russia, in the Bering Sea. The Coast Guard completed more than 24 searches covering more than 4,576 square miles utilizing two cutters, two helicopters, and multiple airplanes. Coast Guard crews will continue to partner with the Republic of Korea to provide search and rescue


North Korea: Action Against South's Navy Possible

North Korea's military warned on Friday of "unannounced targeted strikes" against South Korea's navy, accusing the South of violating its territorial waters off the peninsula's west coast, the scene of deadly naval clashes in the past. Pyongyang's warning came during the annual crab fishing season, which runs until June in the waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula. Naval forces from the two Koreas clashed during the same month in 1999 and 2002


Caterpillar to Power 16 Korean Patrol Boats

Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

Caterpillar Marine has announced Cat power solutions have been selected to power 16 new build Patrol Boats for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). Each Patrol Boat will be equipped with two Cat C32 main propulsion diesel engines and two Cat C9 ship service diesel generators. The first Patrol Boats will be constructed at the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) shipyard in Korea.  Cat dealer Hae In led the Caterpillar efforts on the project and will continue to manage the


Ronald Reagan, Lake Champlain Arrive in Korea for Port Visit

Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7, Rear Adm. Charles Martoglio, thanks a local child after receiving a lei from a local area child during a port visit to Busan, Republic of Korea. The Ronald Reagan is visiting Busan in conjunction with Exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration/Foal Eagle (RSOI/FE) 2007. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is underway on a surge deployment in support of U.S. military operations in the Western Pacific. U.S


Patriot, Guardian Complete Foal Eagle 07

- Mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) pulls into port at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, becoming the first U.S. Navy ship to utilize the air base’s recently built port and harbor facility. While in Iwakuni, crew members of the Sasebo, Japan-based ship will have an opportunity to interact with the local population and Iwakuni-based Japanese Self Defense Force personnel. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam R. Cole


Raytheon Supplies Nav Systems for South Korea

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Raytheon Anschütz has been rewarded a contract to deliver navigation and control systems for six submarines of type U214. The second batch of U214 submarines for the Republic of Korea Navy will be built under responsibility of ThyssenKrupp Marine System’s shipyard HDW at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. On February 20 Raytheon Anschütz has signed a contract to supply a comprehensive package of navigation and control systems for the submarines


S. Korea Readies Viking Anti-submarine Planes

Image: Fas.org

 South Korea is moving ahead to introduce refurbished S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planes to counter threats from North Korea, Yonhap reported quoting a military source.   The proposal to incorporate 12 former U.S. Navy Vikings into service was approved late last month by a military program review group,  say sources.   The latest development comes after the Navy proposed taking over 20 Vikings that have been kept in storage since 2009 to shore up the


Korean Shipbuilders Maintain Top Ranks, Despite Troubles

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

 Korea's 'Big Three' shipbuilders are still the world's three biggest by order backlog, despite their troubled management, according to data from UK-based Clarkson Research Services.   The country’s three largest shipbuilders – Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co


POSCO Production at Indiana Ports to start in 2017

The fifth largest steel producer in the world, South Korea’s POSCO, announced it will build a wire rod processing center at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. Left to right Woon Hyun Yeo, Sales Director, POSCO; Kyu Tae Kim, Finance Director, POSCO; Kenny Hwang (sitting), President, POSCO-AAPC; Rob Waiz, Economic and Re-development Director, City of Jeffersonville; Mike Moore, Mayor, City of Jeffersonville; Scott Stewart, Port Director, Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville; Wendy Dant Chesser, CEO, On

Officials from POSCO, the Ports of Indiana and community leaders gathered to break ground today on POSCO's new wire rod processing center at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. POSCO is a multinational company headquartered in Pohang, South Korea


Philippines: Coordinated Patrols Needed to Protect Shipping

The Philippines has been discussing coordinated naval patrols on its southern maritime borders with Indonesia and Malaysia to protect shipping after attacks and kidnappings by Islamist militants, its foreign minister said on Thursday. Indonesia is trying to free about 14 of its citizens seized


Samsung Heavy Loses $4.6-bln FLNG Order

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard

 South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the world’s third-largest shipbuilder,  has received a contract termination for three floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) units from oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc.  


China's Q1 Trade with N.Korea up Despite Sanctions

China's trade with North Korea rose in the first quarter in spite of tough new international sanctions this year targeting Pyongyang's banned nuclear program, including curbs on coal imports.   Imports from the isolated country, consisting mainly of coal and clothes, rose 10


Total to Broaden LNG Cooperation with Korea Gas

French oil and gas company Total said on Wednesday that it signed an agreement with Korea Gas to extend the cooperation in their liquefied natural gas (LNG) businesses.   The agreement is designed to jointly identify and pursue opportunities to develop the LNG market in Asia and in new


Total, KOGAS Extend Cooperation on LNG

Image: Korea Gas Corp

 Korea Gas Corp, the world’s biggest importer of LNG, has struck deals with French giant Total to extend its reach into the liquefaction sector, reports Reuters.   Total has pledged to press forward with investment in LNG despite the downturn in oil and gas prices and has signed


Car Carrier Ocean Tango Runs Aground off Busan

Image: Busan Port

 A South Korean Car carrier Ocean Tango was grounded by a storm which battered Busan, Korea, on Apr 17.    The 2,736 dwt Vessel was docked at Yeong-gu area, reportedly fuel tanks were damaged with ensuing fuel leak.   


Samsung, Daewoo Merger on the Way?

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 As the Korea government is pushing for restructuring of the faltering shipbuilding industry, speculation grows over a possible merger between the country’s two major shipbuilders — Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, reports Korea Herald.


POSCO Plans Port Plant at Indiana-Jeffersonville

Courtesy Port of Indiana

POSCO, a multinational company headquartered in Pohang, South Korea, and the fifth-largest steel producer in the world, has announced plans to build a wire rod processing center at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, creating up to 60 high-wage jobs by 2018


This Day In Naval History: April 20

Official U.S. Navy file photo of of the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2)

1861 - Union forces burn screw frigate Merrimack and Gosport Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., to prevent Yard facilities and ships from falling into Confederate hands during the Civil War. 1914 - The first call-to-action of naval aviators is given, creating an aviation detachment of three pilots


Hyundai Merchant Marine in Doldrums

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co

 Amid speculation that Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM) may go into court receivership, the financial authorities and creditors will try to make it a subsidiary of Korea Development Bank (KDB).    South Korea’s finance minister Yoo Il-ho said that HMM


South Korea Eyes Iran's Shipping Industry

Irans Ambassador to South Korea Hassan Teherian asks South Korean companies to expand investments into his country. Photo credit: Yonhap

 South Korean companies are briskly moving to tap into Iran's fast-growing shipping industry, regarding the Iranian boom as a breakthrough to their prolonged business slump amid the global economic slowdown.   According to  IRNA


Hanjin Shipping Opts for Debt Restructuring

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd

 South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd will work with lenders to restructure debt after years of weak demand resulted in losses and cash erosion, reports Bloomberg.   The board of Hanjin Shipping decided to file for receivership and give creditors authority to manage the company


Hanjin to Divest Assets

Image: Hanjin Shipping

 The South Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping plans to generate USD 357 million from asset sales.    South Korea’s largest container operator by capacity plans to sell items such as dry bulk activities while the debt-stricken shipping group negotiates with shipowners for a






 
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