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    South Korea sends largest-scale naval fleet to US-led exercise

    ANN/THE KOREAN HERALD – South Korea has dispatched the largest-scale naval fleet and a brigadier general to the United States (US)-led multinational maritime exercise to be held in and around the Hawaiian Islands next month.

    A flotilla of warships, maritime aircraft and troops left a naval base on the southern island of Jeju at noon on Tuesday to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise, South Korea’s Navy announced the same day.

    This year marks South Korea’s 17th participation in the RIMPAC exercise since 1990. The US Navy-led multinational maritime exercise is scheduled to be conducted in waters off Hawaii for 37 days from June 29 to August 4.

    South Korea’s Navy also underscored that the flotilla sent this time is the largest ever in scale compared to the size of the Navy and Marine Corps forces that were previously dispatched for overseas military exercises.

    A total of three warships – which consist of the 14,500-tonne Marado amphibious assault ship, the 7,600-metric-tonne Sejong the Great-class Aegis destroyer equipped with SM-2 surface-to-air missiles and the 4,400-tonne Munmu the Great destroyer – have been dispatched to Hawaii.

    The 1,800-tonbe Shin Dol-seok attack submarine, one P-3 maritime surveillance aircraft, two Lynx multirole naval helicopters and nine Korean amphibious assault vehicles are set to participate in the 2022 RIMPAC exercise.

    Around 1,000 military personnel, including one company of the Marine Corps’ amphibious force, four teams of Naval Special Warfare Flotilla, and the 59th Naval Mobile Construction Squadron have been sent as well.

    South Korean navy personnel at a naval base on Jeju Island before departing to join the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. PHOTO: THE KOREAN HERALD
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