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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


Samsung Heavy Bags Order for 2 LNG Carriers

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has won a $100 million order to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers for Korea Line, reports Yohnap.   Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS) has chartered Korea Line to transport LNG from Tongyeong


Signs of Recovery Seen in Asian MR Market

File photo: Scorpio Tankers

A new lease of life has been breathed into the ailing Medium Range (MR) tanker market in Asia. The MR market has been mired in a slump in recent months, with TC11 rates sinking to a multi-year low of $240,000 in April on the back of lower product exports from China and South Korea


Sungdong Wins Tanker Order

Photo: Sungdong Shipbuilding

 South Korea's Sungdong Shipbuilding  won an order for seven mid-sized tankers, including two as an option, from a Greek shipowner, reported Korea Economic Daily.   It has been more than one year that the Korean mid-sized shipyard to receive a newbuilding contract.  


South Korean Shipyards: Silver Lining for the Biggies

Photo:  Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

 Though South Korea’s big three shipbuilders -Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, and Samsung Heavy Industries - showing signs of fiscal recovery this year,  orders at midsized shipbuilding companies remain sparse. 


DSME Deal Non-starter

File Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 The creditors of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) still remain undecided over afor the shipyard's latest deal, further complicating troubles for one of the country's major shipyards, Yonhap reported.   DSME  clinched a US$250 million deal to build three very


US Navy Conducts Bilateral Drill with Japan and Korea

Official U.S. Navy file photo of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), right, taking part in Exercise Malabar 2009 with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JDS Kurama (DDH 144), April 30, 2009. Photo: United States Navy

 U.S. Navy ships are conducting simultaneous bilateral maritime exercises with the Republic of Korea Navy and with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force today and tomorrow (April 25-26, local time).    The destroyers USS Wayne E


China Launches First Home-built Aircraft Carrier

(Photo: Feng Kaixuan / Ministry of National Defense of the Peoples Republic of China)

China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea.   State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier


US Navy 'Freedom of Navigation' Patrols to Continue as Before

File Image: CREDIT Nicholas Burgains USN

There has been no policy change with regard to U.S. Navy freedom of navigation operations under the administration of President Donald Trump, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said on Monday.   Under the previous administration, the U.S


Korea Ratifies Wreck Removal Treaty

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks has been ratified by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, bringing the total number of States to accede to the treaty to 35. 


New Ship Building Orders for Korean Yards

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 South Korean shipyards emerged on top for new orders in April, Business Korea reported quoting industry data.   The global total amount of new shipbuilding orders reached 750,000 CGT last month and 340,000 CGT and 260,000 CGT went to South Korean and Chinese shipbuilders, respectively


Rolls-Royce to Power Korean Naval Frigates

Photo: Rolls-Royce

 Rolls-Royce said it has won a contract to supply MT30 marine gas turbines to power the next three ships in the Republic of Korea Navy’s Daegu-class frigate program.    The frigates are intended for a variety of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare


North Korea Launches Ferry Service to Russia

Vladivostok, Russia (© vesta48 / Adobe Stock)

North Korea launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday to develop links and boost economic cooperation, the North's state media said, as it faces increasing isolation over its weapons development. Experts have said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un


Wärtsilä Scrubbers for Korean Ferry Newbuild

The new Korean ferry being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard will be equipped with a Wärtsilä exhaust gas cleaning system. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has been contracted to supply its exhaust gas cleaning system for a new Korean ferry being built for Weidong Ferry at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. The system will consist of two 13 MW Open Loop V-SOx Scrubbers specifically optimized for the new vessel, a 31


China Resumes Light Cycle Oil Imports

China has resumed imports of light cycle oil (LCO) after buyers cancelled shipments in April, as a planned Chinese consumption tax has not been announced, four industry sources said this week.   Less than 1 million tonnes of LCO are being shipped from South Korea to China in May and June


North Korea's New Ferry Service Makes First Trip to Russia

A new ferry line between isolated North Korea and its neighbour Russia docked for the first time at the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok on Thursday.   The ferry's Russian operators say it is purely a commercial venture, but it coincides with what some academics say is a drive by North






 
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