Time for another weekly Across The Water international navies update ‚Ä¶
From China:¬†warships to fight piracy
With so much piracy news floating around the web lately, it‚Äôs easy to overlook the international significance of China‚Äôs¬†decision to send warships to the Horn of Africa region. The Financial Times has¬†pointed¬†out¬†that the¬†deployment marks China’s, “first significant long-range naval combat mission since the 15th century.” A Chinese source recently informed me that the decision was not taken lightly and was only arrived at following much internal debate among government, military and academic officials. The source also¬†informed me that the warships will come from China‚Äôs South Sea Fleet, and that officers and sailors are already lining up to volunteer for the anti-piracy missions.
On 17 December, China acknowledged the successful¬†rescue of a Chinese ship and its crew by¬†members of the multi-national anti-piracy force.
This past week in South Korea theYoon Young Ha entered service. Commissioned on 17 December, this vessel is the first of a new class of guided missile patrol boats to¬†join the South Korean fleet. Launched on 28 June 2007 the warship is¬†named for a South Korean patrol boat commander who was killed six years ago while¬†fighting against North Korean naval forces¬†in the Yellow Sea. The 450-ton (full load)¬†vessels¬†are also known in naval circles as the¬†Gumdoksuri or PKM X-class.
¬†Additional information on the class was¬†detailed here after the ship’s¬†2007 launch.
¬†And finally, our international photo of the week …¬†You might have missed this one a few month‚Äôs back, but here‚Äôs a photo of the first¬†South African Navy helicopter to land¬†aboard a U.S. Navy carrier. Photo credit goes to the U.S. Navy and Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John M. Stratton. Enjoy!
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