Monday, April 16, 2018

Ghana: Korean Navy ship arrives off Ghana in search for kidnapped Koreans

(Accra) The Korean KDX II class destroyer Munmu the Great has arrived off the coast of Ghana in response to the kidnapping of 3 Korean sailors from afishing vessel at the end of last month. The vessel  Marine 711 had just depart Accra when it was captured by Pirates , who left the locals on board but made off with 3 Koreans and 1 Greek. In response the Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyer which was on anti-Pirate duty off Somali was re-tasked and sent to the area .

South Korea currently employs a total of 6 KDX-II class destroyers. ROKS Munmu the Great was launched in April 2003 and is the 2nd of her class. The 4,400-ton destroyer is carrying some 30 UDT/SEAL members and is equipped with 2 Lynx multi-role helicopters. In 2011, the Korean special forces successfully carried out a gunfight operation to rescue the South Korean crew of a cargo vessel hijacked by Somali pirates.