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Two Korean navy ships make port in Apra Harbor

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - The community may get a chance to view two Korea naval ships that have just docked at Apra Harbor.

Two Republic of Korea Navy ships the Choi Young and the Cheonji arrived earlier this morning marking the 20th visit to Guam since 1961. Guam is the first port call in a series of destinations as the ships participate in the Cruise Training Task Group. CTTG commander Admiral Chun Jungsoo said, "This year marks the 61st cruise training and it has provided  on the job training opportunities and increasing ties with close countries. I would like to thank everyone who came out today to welcome us and I hope that our visit will help foster further understanding and strengthen us armies."

Prior to docking on Guam the CTTG conducted divisional tactical maneuvering and anti-submarine warfare exercises alongside the US 7th Fleet. "So in fact we conducted a passing exercise together with the 7th Fleet's destroyer yesterday right before we pulled into port and the exercise encompassed divisional tactical maneuver as well as other types of military moves," he said.

The training includes 650 crew members and will provide the 140 midshipmen with an opportunity to gain expertise and hands on experience that will become essential when they set sail as newly commissioned officers in March. "The main purpose was for our midshipmen to gain hands on experience in order to see what it looks like to work with the US Navy I myself was able to command a combined forces in previous operations in March in Korea and I was able to share that experience the midshipmen and I believe that was helpful for them," he explained.

During their stay on Guam the CTTG will visit with the Joint Region Marianas headquarters as well as spread Korea's culture through various performances by the Navy Band, Korea's traditional percussion quartet the Samul-Nori, taekwondo and K-Pop at the Micronesia Mall.  "They will be here for the next four days and while they are here they are extending an invitation to the public to come on board and get a first hand tour of what these ships have to offer," he said.

The tours will be from 10am to 4pm for the next two days. Residents are reminded that a valid military ID card holder may be required to escort civilians on Naval Base premises. 
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