South Korea joins anti-piracy drill in Gulf of Aden

A South Korean Navy ship already patrolling the Horn of Africa as part of an EU-led task force was sent to participate in an international anti-piracy drill that took place in the Gulf of Aden.

The Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyer ROKS Choe Yeong joined U.S., Japanese and Royal Navy warships in exercises that took place on April 20.

According to South Korean news agency Yonhap who cited the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, ROKS Choe Yeong participated in the drill alongside U.S. Navy dock landing ship USS Carter Hall, Japan’s Akizuki-class destroyer JS Teruzuki and Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth.

The South Korean Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyer joined EU NAVFOR warships in March to help prevent acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia.

USS Carter Hall and HMS Monmouth participated in the anti-piracy drill as part of the larger multinational drill called Alligator Dagger 17. The two-week drill that ran from April 5-20 was organised off the coast of Djibouti and included ships from France, UK and U.S..