Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group visit Sydney

Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

HMAS Arunta (right) escorts Republic of Korea Ships, Choe Yeong (left) and Cheonji (back) through Sydney Heads as they prepare for a three day port visit to Fleet Base East, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)
HMAS Arunta (right) escorts Republic of Korea Ships, Choe Yeong (left) and Cheonji (back) through Sydney Heads as they prepare for a three day port visit to Fleet Base East, Sydney.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy – Cruise Training Task Group sailed into Garden Island, Sydney on 6 October, for a four day port visit.

Under the command of Rear Admiral Chun Jungsoo, ROK Ships Choi Young (DDH-981) and Cheonji (AOE-57) exercised with with Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta off the coast before coming alongside Fleet Base East.

Commanding Officer of Arunta, Commander David Tietzel said it was great to welcome the ROK back to Sydney.

“Australia and the ROK are like-minded partners and an important security partner in the region,” Commander Tietzel said.

“Last year ROKS Chung Mu Gong Yi Sun Shin visited Sydney and in recent years, HMA Ships Warramunga in 2011, and Ballarat in 2012 visited the Republic of Korea.

Republic of Korea Navy Ships, ROKS Choe Yeong (front) and ROKS Cheonji steam towards Sydney Harbour for a port visit.

Republic of Korea Navy Ships, ROKS Choe Yeong (front) and ROKS Cheonji steam towards Sydney Harbour for a port visit.

“The arrival of the Cruise Training Task Group to Sydney provided Arunta with the opportunity to get some valuable in-company time with the ROK,” Commander Tietzel said.

Approximately 650 personnel are embarked on Choi Young and Cheonji, including 140 midshipmen from the ROK Naval Academy’s 69th class. The voyage provides the trainees with hands-on experience before they become commissioned military officers.

The trainees will visit the Korean War Memorial as well as visit the Australian Defence Force Academy during their short stay.They will also have the opportunity for a friendly soccer competition at Randwick Barracks and will take part in cultural tours around Sydney.

The ROK Cruise Training Task Group is currently deployed on a 96 day voyage visiting ports in 12 countries, including Guam, Australia and New Zealand.

Additional imagery is available at: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143004.