[size=36]The South Korean Navy is expanding its missions in the Gulf of Aden to the Strait of Hormuz[/size]
announced that the South Korean navy said on Tuesday that the "Chung Hae" military will reach the Gulf of Aden on anti - piracy, as well as to carry out tasks in the Strait of Hormuz as part of a military alliance led by Washington.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the 30th batch of the "Chong-hee" unit would leave the southern port city of Busan later in the day for anti-piracy missions off the coast of Somalia for six months from September, according to the navy.
The 30-strong, 300-strong batch of the 4,400-ton destroyer Kang-Gham-chan aims to protect South Korean ships off the Somali coast and provide support to other countries in nearby waters.
The agency said that the unit "Chong He" may expand the scope of its operations to include the Strait of Hormuz, where the United States called on its allies to form an alliance against Iranian military activities amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Although South Korea said it had not received any official requests from the United States on the issue, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper stressed the importance of free navigation in the region and called for international support during his recent meeting with Defense Minister Jong Kyung-doo. Last week in Seoul.
In response, Minister Jung told Isber that South Korea is well aware of the importance of water protection there and is reviewing various options to protect its nationals and oil tankers in the region.
One of the most sensible options for South Korea's entry into the alliance is to send the Chung Hee unit to the waters off Iran. This does not require additional parliamentary approval as long as the number of troops remains the same.
The Chong He unit has been deployed in the Gulf of Aden since early 2009 as part of global efforts to combat piracy in the region.