The South-Korean Navy destroyer ‘Choi Young’ (DDH-981) has recently integrated into the counter-piracy Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Gulf of Aden. During the integration, the DDH-981 participated in several joint training exercises with the Operation’s flagship, the Spanish amphibious assault ship ‘Galicia’.
On February 28th, different manoeuver and communications drills were organized in order to enhance the interoperability between both warships. The Spanish flag officer, Rear-admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado, and some members of his international Staff, visited the South-Korean destroyer to learn from his CO the ship’s capabilities and commitments with this maritime security mission in the Indian Ocean.
After a few days patrolling the designated areas separately, both ships rendezvoused once again on March 3rd to conduct a series of training drills, mainly VBSS exercises (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure). The following day, the Spanish VBSS squad boarded the Korean destroyer and the crews later exchanged expertise and know-how on this type of operations.
These training exercises help to improve the competence of the special operations personnel, tasked with challenging any unexpected maritime security situation on the one hand, and to reinforce the existing cooperation between the different forces fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia on the other.
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The purpose is to enhance the interoperability between the Spanish Navy and the RAN, and to provide training to the crews of the Spanish-designed ‘Hobart’-class anti-air destroyers on board the AEGIS-equipped frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’.
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