South Korean naval vessels commence visit to Da Nang

The visit is scheduled for September 18 to 21

Destroyer ROKS Kang Gam Chan (DDH-979) of the Republic of Korea Navy docks at Tien Sa Port in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on September 18, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Two naval vessels from South Korea began their visit to Vietnam after arriving at a seaport in the central city of Da Nang on Monday.

Destroyer ROKS Kang Gam Chan (DDH-979) and combat support ship ROKS Hwacheon (AOE 59) of the Republic of Korea Navy carrying 633 sailors and officers docked at Tien Sa Port in the morning.

According to Rear Admiral Yang Yong-Mo, the trip, scheduled for September 18 to 21, is on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of South Korea-Vietnam diplomatic ties.

Officers stand on the ROKS Kang Gam Chan. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Officers stand on the ROKS Kang Gam Chan. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Aside from meeting Da Nang’s leaders and their counterparts at the 3rd Regional Command of the Vietnam People’s Navy, the South Korean officers will also visit children and some local charity centers.

A special musical event will also be organized for the visiting naval soldiers at the East Sea Park.

As part of the trip, 11,000 books on Korean language teaching will be donated to the city’s library, the Danang University of Foreign Language Studies, and other local institutions.

Combat support ship ROKS Hwacheon (AOE 59) of the Republic of Korea Navy. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Combat support ship ROKS Hwacheon (AOE 59) of the Republic of Korea Navy. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Launched in March 2006, Destroyer ROKS Kang Gam Chan is designed for reconnaissance missions, anti-submarine patrols, and anti-submarine and ground attacks.

The vessel is 150 meters long, 17.4 meters wide, 38.5 meters tall, and weighs 5,500 metric tons.

It can reach a maximum velocity of 54km per hour and is equipped with air-to-ground, air-to-surface, and anti-submarine missiles.

The ROKS Hwacheon is a Cheonji-class combat support ship whose main missions are to supply fuel and food as well as undertake rescue efforts.      

Combat support ship ROKS Hwacheon (AOE 59) of the Republic of Korea Navy. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Combat support ship ROKS Hwacheon (AOE 59) of the Republic of Korea Navy. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Officers from the 3rd Regional Command of the Vietnam People’s Navy give flowers to their counterparts from South Korea. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Officers from the 3rd Regional Command of the Vietnam People’s Navy give flowers to their counterparts from South Korea. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Missile system of the ROKS Kang Gam Chan. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Missile system of the ROKS Kang Gam Chan. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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