It was a great pleasure to welcome Captain Kim Jeong-Hyun on board and provide an insight into how my ship’s company operate and work with coalition units.

Commander Phil Nash

In accordance with Royal Naval tradition, Commander Phil Nash, Defender’s Commanding Officer, invited his Korean counterpart, Capt Kim Jeong-Hyun, aboard to demonstrate what a Type 45 destroyer can do with its many sensors and weapons, and to discuss the challenges of safeguarding one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world – there are typically 3,000 vessels at sea in the area on any one day.

“It was a great pleasure to welcome Captain Kim Jeong-Hyun on board and provide an insight into how my ship’s company operate and work with coalition units,” said Cdr Nash.

“Our combined tasking provides a highly-visible deterrence to pirate activity and narcotics movements, keeping the sea lanes safe. Although this was a brief visit, I hope, in the near future, we can work alongside one another and continue to develop a longstanding working relationship.”

Steward Stephen ‘Del’ Trotter added: “It was a rare treat to have our partners from South Korea aboard. Speaking to them and understanding how they work differently to us was interesting and very informative.”

In preparation for the mission east of Suez, Defender’s Lynx helicopter and Royal Marines and Royal Navy boarding teams have been honing their skills, practising rapid roping (abseiling from a helicopter), searches and winching, while the gunnery teams have been ensuring their marksmanship is top grade courtesy of regular target practice.

HMS Defender will remain in the Gulf as part of her planned operational deployment to conduct maritime security in support of the UK’s Operation Kipion in the Middle East.

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