Seoul to double its troops against piracy
Seoul,South Korea ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – South Korea is seeking to extend the deployment of its troops to the Somali coast for one more year, defense officials said Wednesday.
The missions assigned to the anti-piracy Cheonghae Unit off the coast of Somalia .
The Ministry of National Defense said that Cheonghae’s increased role in the region has led the government to seek extensions.
The Cheonghae has been deployed in the Gulf of Aden since March 2009 as part of global efforts to tackle piracy in the region with a 4,000-ton destroyer and 320 sailors.
In 2012, its Navy commandos raided a Korean freighter that had been hijacked by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea, rescuing all 21 crew members and killing eight pirates.
Japan and China have tried to expand their presence in the region, so the ministry insists that the Korean unit should stay there for a longer period of time as well.
The necessary budget for the extension is estimated to be 30.1 billion won for the Cheonghae .