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South Korean Navy Fires First-Ever Guided Missile in Joint Sea Combat Training

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The Republic of Korea Navy’s (ROKN) Chuncheon ship (FFG-II) is pictured firing a Haegung surface-to-air missile at an aerial target simulating enemy aircraft and missiles during a joint live-fire exercise in the East Sea on the 10th. [Photo=ROKN]

Maritime-guided weapons developed using domestic technology in South Korea have successfully hit their targets, demonstrating the superiority of the nation’s defense capabilities. The successful weapons include the Haegung anti-ship guided missile, the Haeryong ship-to-surface tactical guided ballistic missile, and the Haeseong-I ship-to-ship guided missile. These weapons are collectively referred to as the “three musketeers” of domestic guided missiles.

ROKN announced on the 13th that they completed a joint live-fire exercise in the East Sea on the 10th, along with the Republic of Korea Army and Republic of Korea Air Force. The training, supervised by the commander of the ROKN’s 1st Fleet, focused on enhancing the joint force of the ROKA, ROKN, and ROKAF’s combined forces against enemy provocations and establishing a retaliatory posture.

The exercise involved more than 10 Navy warships, including the Gwanggaeto the Great Class Destroyer (DDH-Ⅰ), Chuncheon ship (FFG-Ⅱ), Jeonbuk ship (FFG-Ⅰ), and Hong Dae-seon ship (PKG), as well as the P-3 maritime patrol aircraft and Lynx maritime operation helicopter. The ROKA’s AH-64E attack helicopter and the ROKAF’s KF-16 fighter jets were also deployed.

In this exercise, which simulated enemy provocations from the air, sea, and ground, the combined forces of the ROKA, ROKN, and ROKAF fired anti-aircraft, anti-ship, and surface-to-surface missiles.

The Chuncheon ship conducted a live-fire exercise, simulating an enemy aircraft and missile attack on the ship. A simulated aerial enemy target aircraft and missiles approached the Chuncheon ship at high speed, and the Chuncheon ship fired a Haegung missile to shoot down the target.

The Haegung live-fire exercise conducted by the Chuncheon ship was the first to be conducted under military supervision since the missile was field-qualified. According to ROKN, the significance of the live-fire exercise was further enhanced by the first-ever application of the Korean Combat System Comprehensive Capability Assessment (K-CSSQT).

The Korean Combat System Comprehensive Capability Assessment scientifically analyzes and evaluates the performance of the ship’s combat system and the crew’s operational capability. It became possible last year when the Agency for Defense Development’s (ADD) Samcheok Marine Research Center was field-qualified.

In this exercise, the Chuncheon ship confirmed its combat capabilities in the hold fire, fire, and strike stages of missile live-fire through the Korean Combat System Comprehensive Capability Assessment. The analyzed evaluation data will be used for future crew training and doctrine development.

The Gwanggaeto, the Great Class Destroyer, and the Hong Dae-seon ship conducted exercises simulating an enemy surface vessel provocation. The Gwanggaeto, the Great Class Destroyer, fired a Harpoon at a simulated enemy surface vessel. The Hong Dae-seon ship also fired a Haeseong-Ⅰmissile to strike the target.

The Jeonbuk ship fired a Haeryong at a specific target point at sea, simulating an enemy ground target, and destroyed it.

The Hellfire fired by the ROKA’s attack helicopter and the Maverick fired by the ROKAF’s fighter jet also hit a sea target, simulating enemy ground provocations.

Lieutenant Colonel Cheon Min Ki, captain of the Chuncheon ship who participated in the exercise, said, “Through this live-fire exercise, we verified our practical missile operation and combat capabilities,” and added, “We will maintain a firm combat readiness posture to immediately, strongly, and thoroughly retaliate in case the enemy provocation happens.” 

Daniel Kim
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