Republic of Korea Navy guided-missile destroyer ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG 991) and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Chokai (DDG 176) on Oct 6, 2022 . US Navy Photo
The following post was updated with comments from a Pentagon spokesperson.
Five warships from the U.S., Japan and South Korea held a ballistic missile defense exercise in the Sea of Japan as part of the ongoing military response to this week’s North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile test over the Japanese home islands, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said on Thursday. Read More
This post is part of a series looking back at the top naval stories from 2021.
This year U.S. rivals and allies made major strides in developing expanded naval capabilities from expanding aircraft carrier capability to developing new hypersonic weapons. Read More
The budget for the first three Sejong Daewang-class (KDX-III) destroyers was slated at $1.1 billion per
ship. Its large missile inventory is designed to ensure that the ship has plenty of opportunity to
destroy missile attacks on South Korea from the North. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with a revised status on the CVX program.
The Republic of Korea Navy is no longer solely focused on the threat from its northern neighbor, but is embarking on an expansion to build a fully-fledged blue water fleet. Read More
North Korean KN-14 Launch on July 4, 2017. KCNA Photo
North Korea’s recent provocations are prompting Washington, Tokyo and Seoul to rethink how to deter Pyongyang’s nuclear power ambition with the help of China, experts on Asian defense policy said on Tuesday. Read More
USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2016. Read More
ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG-991) in 2008. RoK Navy Photo
A trio of planned South Korean guided missile destroyers will be built with the capability to intercept ballistic missile threats, USNI News has learned. Read More
Republic of Korea navy destroyer Sejong the Great (DDG-991) underway on March 12, 2016. US Navy Photo
Seoul is considering adding Raytheon SM-3 missiles to its fleet of Aegis guided missile destroyers to give the ships a ballistic missile defense capability, according to local press reports. Read More
Republic of Korea Navy sailor holding U.S. flag
The Korean War of 1950-1953 was concluded by a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, and the three powers—South Korea, North Korea and the United States—are still technically at war. A new conflict on the Korean peninsula would see the commitment of a new, reinvigorated Republic of Korea Navy, an aging, weakened North Korean Navy and an American fleet providing the only ballistic missile defense capability for the region. Read More