Two KC-330 (Airbus A330 MRTT) multipurpose aerial tanker takes off from Gimhae Worldwide Airport within the southern port metropolis of Busan on July 18, 2021, to convey residence South Korean service members affiliated with the Cheonghae unit on an anti-piracy mission off the coast of Africa, after the unit reported a mass COVID-19 an infection. All of the service members are anticipated to return residence Tuesday as the federal government determined to airlift all of them and despatched two KC-330 aerial tankers to Africa on Sunday. One wants intensive care, he’s nonetheless capable of be airlifted by the aerial tanker.

A complete of 247 sailors of South Korea’s 301-strong Cheonghae unit on an anti-piracy mission in waters off Africa have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, within the worst-ever mass an infection amongst service members. An extra 179 members have newly examined optimistic after 68 had been confirmed to have been contaminated as of Sunday. The unit first reported six COVID-19 circumstances final week and carried out virus checks on all of its members. Of them, 16 are actually at native hospitals for therapy, and the rest have been in isolation on Republic of Korea Navy ROKS Munmu the Nice (DDH-976).


The Republic of Korea Navy Somali Sea Escort Process Group “Cheonghae” raid the chemical tanker, MV Samho Jewellery, throughout Operation Daybreak of Gulf of Aden.

The Republic of Korea Navy Somali Sea Escort Process Group, often known as “Cheonghae” Unit was established by the Republic of Korea Navy to guard civilian ships close to the coast of Somalia underneath Mixed Process Drive 151. The naval process drive is called after the historic Ninth-century Korean navy base Cheonghaejin. Deployed from Jinhae Naval Base, the modern-day unit is answerable for safely escorting a whole bunch of business vessels and several other rescues involving ships from The Bahamas, Denmark, North Korea and South Korea.

ROKS Munmu the Nice was the primary ship to be deployed as a part of the unit to Somali waters on March 13, 2009. On Might 4, the Munmu the Nice responded to a misery name by the North Korean service provider vessel Dabaksol. A Westland Lynx navy helicopter was launched to guard the Dabaksol till the pirates had fled. The North Korean sailors thanked the members of the unit earlier than continuing to India. On January 21, 2011, the Cheonghae Unit rescued the crew of the Samho Jewellery, a chemical tanker held hostage by Somali pirates; 8 pirates had been killed, and 5 had been captured.

Republic of Korea Navy ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH-976)
Republic of Korea Navy Chungmugong Yi Solar-sin-class destroyer ROKS Munmu the Nice (DDH-976)

ROKS Munmu the Nice (DDH-976) is a Chungmugong Yi Solar-sin-class destroyer within the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). It was named after the Korean king Munmu of Silla. Munmu the Nice despatched abroad to guard service provider vessels from Somali pirates. In April 2018, it was deployed to Ghana with personnel from the Particular Warfare Brigade as a part of a mission to rescue kidnapped South Korean fishermen. The KDX-II is claimed to be the primary stealthy main combatant within the ROKN and a part of a a lot bigger construct up program geared toward turning the ROKN right into a blue-water navy.

The KC-330 is the South Korean model of the Airbus A330 MRTT (navy spinoff of the A330-200 airliner). On 30 June 2015, South Korea chosen the A330 MRTT. The A330 MRTT may also be configured to carry out Medical Evacuation (Medevac) missions; as much as 130 commonplace stretchers may be carried. The principle deck cargo configuration permits carriage of normal business containers, pallets and containers. To date, 4 KC-330s, that are named ‘Cygnus’ in Korean service (Cygnus which means “Swan”), have been delivered.

Republic of Korea Air Force 5th Air Mobility Wing KC-330 Multi Role Tanker Transport
Republic of Korea Air Drive fifth Air Mobility Wing KC-330 Multi Function Tanker Transport