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Sunday, October 22, 2017

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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.   "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.   

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.

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

Partners to Boost Australian Navy Fleet Performance

(Photo: GE)

GE and CSIRO’s Data61, Australia's data innovation network, have developed a data analytics solution that will give the Royal Australian Navy greater insights into their fleet engine performance and enhance operational efficiency.    GE supplies the Royal Australian Navy with its LM2500 gas turbines that power the Anzac, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart class vessels. CSIRO’s Data61 has developed an application that will process data from GE engines captured from sensors

U.S. Carrier Drills with Japanese Navy

File Image: The USS Ronald Reagan at sea (CREDIT USN / Kenneth Abbate)

A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, the Ronald Reagan, is conducting drills with a Japanese warship in waters around Okinawa southwest of the Korean peninsula, Japan's military said on Wednesday.   The exercise comes amid heightened tension with North Korea as the U.S. holds air drills in the region with B1-B bombers flown from Guam.   The exercise with the Reagan strike group, which began on Saturday, involves vessels sailing from the Bashi Channel

U.N. Bans Four Ships over N.Korea Coal, U.S. Mulls Four More

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The United Nations Security Council has banned four ships from ports globally for carrying coal from North Korea, including one vessel that also had ammunition, but the United States postponed a bid to blacklist four others pending further investigation.   The vessels are the first to be designated under stepped-up sanctions imposed on North Korea by the 15-member council in August and September over Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test and two long-range ballistic missile launches

APL Launches New Korea China Straits Service

Photo: APL

 APL announced the launch of a new Korea China Straits (KCS) service that will serve the key Asian markets of China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.    The weekly service will link Nansha in South China to the Straits of Singapore and Port Klang as well as Indonesia; offer superior transit between Indonesia and Manila; and call Lianyungang in Jiangsu where few carriers provide access to.  

HMM’s Cargo Processing at Busan Port Hit Record

Graph: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that its cargo processing at Busan Port, the largest sea gateway in Korea, has hit a new record.   HMM handled 167,018 TEUs of cargo through the port in July, increased by 93 percent year-over-year.  HMM has previously set a record of handling over 150 thousand TEUs in Busan Port in April and successfully set a new record of handling over 160 thousand TEUs after just three months.  

Korea to Establish Maritime Promotion Corporation

File Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Korea Maritime Promotion Corporation (KMPC), a dedicated support organization for the shipping industry, will be established in Busan in June of next year with capital of 5 trillion won (US$4.5 billion), reported BusinessKorea.   KMPC is set to offer financial and industrial policy support, in order to reform and upgrade the shipping industry in Korea, in response to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy.  

Korean Shipyards Bag $1.5bln Newbuild Order from MSC

 Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) - two major shipyards in South Korea -  are poised to sign a deal worth $1.5 billion to build container ships for Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), according to the Financial Times.   The report said that this deal is the latest signal that the South Korea’s troubled shipbuilding industry is showing signs of recovery

Korea Returns to First Place in Shipbuilding

File photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 South Korean shipbuilding industry has surpassed China in three months and reached the top of global monthly shipbuilding orders.   A report in Yonhap said that South Korean shipyards recaptured the No. 1 position in new orders worldwide in August amid a plunge in overall numbers.   The local shipbuilders clinched new orders worth a combined 130,000 compensated gross tons (CGTs) last month to build nine vessels

Pacific Protection Paramount in Counter Proliferation

HMAS Toowoomba departs Sydney Harbour in June 2017. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials.   The exercise will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 6–9 September 2017 as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which is an effort by 105 partner countries to build networks

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 Completes

A United States Navy Seahawk helicopter and a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from USS Bonhomme Richard conduct landings on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, with HMAS Darwin in the background during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer). Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, has completed the first international engagement activity of the deployment.   HMAS Adelaide, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra class amphibious ships, reached the milestone after recently conducting aviation training with the USS Bonhomme Richard off the east coast of Australia.   The training involved both the SH60S Seahawk helicopter and a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey

PacRim Nations Crack Down on N.Korean Ships

South Pacific island nations are scouring shipping records for vessels with links to North Korea after Fiji said it had identified 20 falsely flagged ships it suspects the isolated regime is using to evade United Nations sanctions.   Fiji, along with Interpol and the Singapore-based regional shipping regulator Tokyo MoU, are investigating the vessels for links to North Korea, a spokesman for the country's Maritime Safety Authority (MSAF) told Reuters on Friday

Shipbuilding: China Races Ahead of South Korea

Photo: China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC)

 Shipyards in China have surpassed  South Korea again in terms of receiving the most orders for new ships and platforms, while fierce battle for the number one position in shipbuilding orders continues.   China ranked first globally with 195 vessel orders, while South Korea was second with 104 during the first eight months of this year, Yicai Global reported citing Clarkson Research Services.  

Swedish Transportation Delegation Visits Seoul

Telenor Connexion joins Business Sweden delegation to Korea to discuss next generation of transportation in smart cities. (Photo: courtesy of Business Sweden)

Sweden’s Minister for EU Affairs and Trade to Seoul, Anne Linde, and a high level Swedish business delegation, including Seth Ryding, Head of APAC at Telenor Connexion, are invited as key partners for the Next generation transportation in Smart Cities summit in Seoul on September 20-21. South Korea has for many years been one of the fastest growing economies in the world and today the country is ranked as the 12th largest economy globally considering purchasing power

U.S. Navy Carrier Drills with Japanese Navy

File Image: The USS Ronald Reagan underway (U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy carrier Ronald Reagan is conducting drills with Japanese warships in seas south of the Korean peninsula, Japan's military said on Friday, in a show of naval power as Pyongyang threatens further nuclear and missile tests.   The Reagan strike group will conduct a separate drill with the South Korean Navy in October, the defence ministry said in a statement distributed to South Korean lawmakers on Monday.  

Chinese Demand Ensures Asian LNG Rally Has Legs

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Unexpectedly strong demand from China, along with rising oil and coal prices, should keep Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot levels buoyant this winter.   Despite rising supplies from new plants, spot prices have risen by 55 percent from their 2017 lows to $8.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) as Asian buyers also refilled summer stocks.   With the peak demand October-March winter gas season almost underway, further price gains are expected.  

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