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Cheonghae Unit sailors at Chuseok Updated: 2017-10-04 09:09:05 KST

This is the Dae Jo Young a 45 hundred ton destroyer deployed to the coast of Somalia by the South Korean Navy to take part in anti-piracy operations.
Its key mission is to protect Korean vessels from hijacking by Somali pirates.

"The Cheonghae Unit's basic task is to protect the safety of Korean vessels in the Aden Bay region. The unit also works with Combined Maritime Forces and the European Union to secure regional maritime security."

Koreans back home are enjoying a ten-day break for Chuseok but most sailors onboard the Dae Jo Young will be working.

"300 Cheonghae Unit sailors are spending their ten day Chuseok holiday on duty protecting Korean and international merchant ships from Somali pirates."

90 percent of the crew work in three eight-hour shifts so the warship can be fully operational 24 hours a day.

"It's not easy to work on three shifts a day without any holidays or weekends. However we are representing the Navy of the Republic of Korea, so we will do our best to fulfill our mission and return home safely."

Since the Cheonghae Unit was first deployed in 2009, it has escorted more than 14 thousand Korean and 46-hundred international vessels through often dangerous waters.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News, Somalia.
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