Republic of Korea Overseas Deployments
[ Ascent ] 2016
epublic of Korea R Overseas Deployments Onward to a higher altitude with wings stretched wide
From a Recipient to a Donor Nation
Footprints of ROK Overseas Deployments
ROK Overseas Deployment Status Performance of Units of Extended Deployment in 2016 and Need for Further Extension
- Choenghae Unit in Somali Waters
- Akh Unit in UAE
- Dongmyeong Unit in Lebanon
- Hanbit Unit in South Sudan
Sharing the Peace
The Story of the Republic of Koreaâ€™s Overseas Deployment
1,108 ROK service members in 13 countries are contributing to world peace and stability.
Status of Korean War Contributors When the Korean War broke out in 1950, the UN held a Security Council (UNSC) meeting and passed a resolution providing military assistance to the ROK in defense of liberal democracy and peace. Per the UNSC resolution, 60 nations supported the ROK. 16 nations, including the US, UK and Canada, sent troops. 5 nations, including Denmark and Sweden, provided medical support. 39 nations, including Switzerland, Austria and Chile, contributed materiel and funds.
There was a time when our country needed a helping hand. ▲ Passing of the second UNSC resolution recommending ‘Military Assistance for the ROK’ [1950.06.27.]
For the ROK, overseas deployment holds a special meaning. Approximately 60 years ago, the Korean War nearly destroyed our way of life. However, with the assistance of the international community, we were able to protect our homeland. Rising from the ashes of the Korean War with the help from the international community, the ROK has developed into an economic giant, a sports and cultural
▲ US vessels unloading supplies at the port of Busan
powerhouse, the host to a G20 summit, and a non-permanent member of the UNSC. The ROK remembers the helping hand of the international community, which enabled this miraculous growth, and is transforming itself from a recipient to a donor nation.
From a Recipient to a Donor Nation
We remember the help we received, and now extend our own hand to those in need. When the Philippines, a Korean War Sending State, was suffering in the aftermath of a typhoon, we engaged in active reconstruction efforts. When the reconstruction and stability of Afghanistan was in peril due to indiscriminate terror attacks by Al Qaeda and the Taliban, we were there to sow the seeds of hope with our exemplary reconstruction operations. Also, the ROK safeguarded the peace of the Gulf of Aden, the most dangerous of waters, enabling safe voyage for both ROK and foreign vessels. Our reconstruction efforts have been a beacon of hope for the fledgling state of South Sudan. The ROK contributed to the protection of global health by deploying a civil-military joint rapid relief team against the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
It is time to ready ourselves for future overseas deployments. A robust legal foundation to overseas deployment will enable our sons and daughters in uniform to become military diplomats, flying the Korean flag while passionately spreading warmth to those distressed by conflict and disaster. We will be able to respond proactively to changes in our region and the international community, painting a brighter picture for our nation with powerful strokes.
Peacekeeping of Multinational Forces + Afghanistan Haeseong/Cheongma Unit Dongeui/Dasan/Ashena Unit + Iraq Seohee/Jaema Unit Zaytun/Daiman Unit + Gulf of Aden, Somali Waters Cheonghae Unit
We have been a wind of hope for
Since joining the UN in 1991, the ROK deployed the
ROKG Disaster Relief Activity + Response to Ebola Outbreak ROKG Disaster Relief Team
Defense Cooperation Activity
Sangnoksu Unit to Somalia, the very first deployment for
+ Akh Unit in UAE
the ROK, as part of a UN peacekeeping mission. In the
+ Araw Contingent in the Philippines
following years, the ROK deployed a Medical Support Group to Western Sahara, an engineering unit to Angola, the Sangnoksu Unit to East Timor, and the Danbi Unit to Haiti.
UN Peacekeeping Operations
Today, the Dongmyeong Unit in Lebanon and the Hanbit Unit in South Sudan are faithfully performing their
+ Sangnoksu Unit in Somalia
missions. As part of a multinational force, the ROK
+ Western Sahara ROK Armed
deployed the Haeseong, Cheongma, Dongeui, Dasan and
Forces Medical Support Group
Ashena Units to Afghanistan. To Iraq, the ROK deployed the
+ Engineering Unit in Angola
Seohee, Jaema, Zaytun and Daiman Units. Currently, the
+ Sangnoksu Unit in East Timor
Cheonghae Unit is undertaking diverse missions in the Gulf
+ Dongmyeong Unit in Lebanon
of Aden. Additionally, the ROK deployed a disaster relief
+ Danbi Unit in Haiti
team to Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of the Ebola
+ Hanbit Unit in South Sudan
virus. For defense cooperation and defense exchange activity, the Araw Contingent was deployed to the Philippines. Currently, the Akh Unit is engaging in robust activities in the UAE. â€ť Accumulated total: 28 countries, 48,918 service members (as of July 2016)
Footprints of ROK Overseas Deployments
Iraq Seohee Unit Jaema Unit Zaytun Division Daiman Unit
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
2003.04. - 2004.04. 2003.04. - 2004.04. 2004.04. - 2008.12. 2004.10. - 2008.12.
Akh Unit 2011.01. - Present
ROK Overseas Deployment Regions
The Philippines Araw Contingent 2013.12. - 2014.12.
Danbi Unit 2010.02. - 2012.12.
Dongmyeong Unit 2007.07. - Present UNSC Resolution #425 [1978.03.19.] #426 [1978.03.19.] #1701 [2006.08.11.]
UNSC Resolution #1996 [2011.07.08.]
1995.10. Angola Engineering Unit
1994.08. Western Sahara ROK Armed Forces Medical Support Group
Haeseong Unit 2001.12. - 2003.09. Cheongma Unit 2001.12. - 2003.12. Dongeui Unit 2002.02. - 2007.12. Dasan Unit 2003.03. - 2007.12. Ashena Unit 2010.07. - 2014.06.
Hanbit Unit March 2013 - Present
Engineering Unit 1995.10. -1996.12.
Ebola Crisis Response ROKG Disaster Relief Team 2014.12. - 2015.03.
1993.07. Somalia Sangnoksu Unit
Somalia Sangnoksu Unit 1993.07. - 1994.03.
ROK Armed Forces Medical Support Group 1994.08. - 2006.05. South Sudan
Gulf of Aden, Somali Waters
Cheonghae Unit 2009.03. - Present
Sangnoksu Unit 1999.10. - 2003.10.
UN Security Council Resolution No.1373 [2001.09.28.] No.1838 [2008.10.07.], No.1846 [2008.12.02.] No.1851 [2008.12.16.]
2001.12. Afghanistan Haeseong/ Cheongma Unit
1999.10. East Timor Sangnoksu Unit
2003.03. Afghanistan Dasan Unit
2002.02. Afghanistan Dongeui Unit
2004.04. Iraq Zaytun Division
2003.04. Iraq Seohee/Jaema Unit
2007.07. Lebanon Dongmyeong Unit
2004.10. Iraq Daiman Unit
2010.02. Haiti Danbi Unit
2009.03. Gulf of Aden, Somali Waters Cheonghae Unit
2010.07. Afghanistan Ashena Unit
2011.01. UAE Akh Unit
2013.12. The Philippines Araw Contingent
2013.03. South Sudan Hanbit Unit
2014.12. Sierra Leone Ebola Crisis Response ROKG Disaster Relief Team
service members in
countries As of July 31st, 2016
The ROK military in the international community 1,108 ROK service members in 13 countries are contributing to world peace and stability. They are engaging in UN peacekeeping missions, multinational forcesâ€™ peacekeeping, and defense cooperation, always working hard for world peace.
UN peacekeeping - peacekeeping operations executed as part of a UN mission pursuant to UNSC resolution Peacekeeping of Multinational Forces - peacekeeping operations executed as part of a multinational forces pursuant to UNSC resolution Defense cooperation activity - education, training and disaster relief missions executed in a non-conflict area per the recipient countryâ€™s request Individual deployment - individual officers performing missions as part of UN missions, armistice observers, staff and coordination officers
ROK military personnel deployed overseas
Germany AFRICOM 1
Deployment Regions Bahrain Combined Maritime Forces Staff officer 4
India/Pakistan Armistice observer 7
US CENTCOM Coordination/staff officer 2
Akh Unit 150
Lebanon Donmyeong Unit 328 UNIFIL staff officer 4
Darfur, Sudan UN mission 2 Côte d’Ivoire UN mission 2
Western Sahara Election observer 4
Gulf of Aden, Somali Waters
Hanbit Unit 293 UNMISS observer and staff officer 7
Cheonghae Unit 302 Djibouti coordination officer 2
+ Unit Deployments 4 units (1,073 service members) Multinational Forces 302 (1 country) + UN PKO 621 (2 countries) + Defense cooperation 150 (1 country) + Individual Deployments 11 countries (35 service members) Multinational Forces 9 (4 countries) + UN PKO 26 (7 countries)
※ 1 ,108 service members deployed in 13 countries
① U.S., ② Western Sahara, ③ Côte d’Ivoire, ④ Sudan, ⑤ South Sudan, ⑥ Djibouti, ⑦ Lebanon, ⑧ Somalia, ⑨ Bahrain, ⑩ UAE, ⑪ India,
311 service members as part of multinational forces in 4 countries
Unit deployment (302)
Individual deployment (9)
Gulf of Aden, Somali Waters
Combined Maritime Forces staff officer
Djibouti (CJTF-HOA) US (CENTCOM)
Coordination element/staff Tampa Bay, FL
Subtotal Defense cooperation 150 service members in 1 country
UN PKO 647 service members in 7 countries
Unit deployments (621)
2 1 311
United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)
United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS)
United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Individual deployments (26) United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)
United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
⑫ Pakistan, ⑬ Germany
4 647 1,108
Peacekeeping of Multinational Forces Areas of deployment Gulf of Aden, Somali Waters
Gulf of Aden, Somali Waters
March 13th, 2009
1 x destroyer, 320 sailors
Mission Participate in the maritime security operations of the Combined Maritime
Forces (CMF) and EU, support safe passage of Korean vessels, protect Korean nationals during contingency
In addition to supporting the safe navigation of
Through civil wars and a state of anarchy, political
Korean vessels, Cheonghae Unit supports ROK
Exploiting this opportunity in the early part of the 1990s,
instability has continued in Somalia since the 1990s.
military objectives and ROK national interest
pirates began operating in the Gulf of Aden, with 2008
through diverse activities and the expansion of
vessels kidnapped. The UNSC passed Resolution No.1838,
seeing a sharp increase in the number of pirates and
its area of operation around the Internationally
calling on member states to deploy vessels and aircraft to
Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC).
deployed Cheonghae Unit on March 13th, 2009, to the Gulf
+ IRTC (Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor)
Cheonghae Unit in the Gulf of Aden, Somalia
repress Somali piracy. As a member of the UN, the ROKG of Aden, to support the UN and enable safe passage for Korean vessels.
Cheonghae Unit Supporting safe passage for Korean and foreign vessels
Major Activity and Results
Cheonghae Unit has successfully repelled 31 pirate vessels on 21 occasions. Additionally, Cheonghae Unit has supported safe transit by escorting 441 Korean vessels vulnerable to piracy and communicating with 7,401 vessels to provide intelligence on pirate activity.
March 2009 - May 2016
Vessel escort Korean vessel
Successful execution of maritime security operations under the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)
On 270 occasions, Cheonghae Unit has participated in maritime security operations under the CMF. On 4 occasions since initial deployment, ROK naval officers have successfully served as Commander to CTF-151, under the CMF, elevating the status of the ROK military.
Safe passage support Korean vessel Foreign vessel
Cooperation with anti-piracy participating nations
Cheonghae Unit has actively engaged in combined training and exchange activity with other anti-piracy participating nations, including China, France, and NATO member states. This has enabled the ROK military to enhance its operational capabilities and build partnerships against contingencies.
Maritime security operation 270 iterations
Rescue and protection of Korean nationals in danger In January 2011, Cheonghae Unit executed Operation Dawn of Gulf of Aden and successfully rescued the crew of Samho Jewelry, who had been kidnapped by pirates. With no loss of hostageâ€™s life during the rescue, the operation highlighted operational capabilities of the ROK military. In December 2012, Cheonghae Unit successfully rescued 4 crew members of the vessel Gemini. With political instability increasing in Libya and Yemen, in 2014 and 2015 respectively, Cheonghae Unit safely evacuated Korean and foreign nationals to neighboring countries.
Piracy repression 21 iterations
â–ź Realistic training for successful anti-piracy operations
+ Civil-Government-Military joint anti-piracy exercise
+ Inspection and Search Team repression training + Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) A multinational forces conducting counterpiracy, counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden and the waters east of Somalia + CTF-151(Combined Task Force-151) A CMF task force dedicated to counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the coast of Somalia
Defense Cooperation Areas of deployment Abu Dhabi, UAE
January 11th, 2011
150 service members
Mission Provide training support to UAE special operations forces, conduct combined training and exercise with UAE special operations forces, protect Korean nationals during contingency
Akh Unit strengthens defense cooperation with the
The UAE holds the ROK military and its training system in
UAE and promotes ROK national interests.
for its military, and to develop its defense organization,
high esteem. To improve the level of training and education the UAE decided to benchmark the ROK military and requested the deployment of a ROK unit in August 2010. To strengthen defense cooperation with the UAE which is a hub in the Middle East, support the peace and stability of the region, enhance national interests, and protect Korean nationals during contingency, the ROKG deployed a special operations unit to the UAE.
Akh Unit in UAE
Akh Unit (150 special operators, 8 months)
Comparison in training time and cost Parachute training Unit : number/day (training time) /won (cost)
Substantive contribution to the development of the UAE military through improved special operations capabilities Akh Unit focused on the areas where the UAE military fell short, including counterterrorism, infiltration and physical training. This has led to improved special operations capabilities of the UAE military. The UAE military regards the ROK military and its determination highly, taking the Akh Unit as an example and voluntarily holding rigorous training events.
KRW 865,000,000 KRW 50,000,000
Simulation training UAE
Similar training range not found in the ROK
firing exercise UAE
KRW 67,000,000 KRW 9,000,000
Counter-terrorism training UAE
No domestic requirement
days (Up to 116 iterations)
days (Up to 8 iterations)
+ Special operations team Basic and combat model training, vehicle maneuver training, tactical training, comprehensive training
By UAE request, ROK special forces were co-located with their UAE counterparts and engaged in man-to-man training, enhancing UAE instructors and assistants. Also, for each training subject, Akh Unit implemented a ‘planning-execution-after action review’ system. This has enabled the UAE military to develop its own system for planning, executing and assessing training. Akh Unit has also transitioned the focus of defense cooperation from ‘repetitive UAE military basic training’ to ‘comprehensive tactical training.’ The UAE Ministry of Defense assesses Akh Unit to be ‘always ready for combat.’ * The UAE Special Operations Command sent two letters of appreciation for the support provided by Akh Unit. (November 2015, May 2016)
Vehicle and POL support, cultural tour
Contribution to the development of the UAE military through enhanced education and training courses
Improved special operations capabilities for ROK special forces Training in high temperature and dry environment of the desert, and leveraging advanced facilities and equipment of the UAE military greatly enhanced special operations capabilities of the ROK military. Of note, Akh Unit has been able to engage in the types of training which would not be feasible within the ROK due to environmental and social conditions. For high altitude and night parachuting, Akh Unit can undertake a large training volume in 6 months, where it would have taken 6 to 7 years at the ROK. Leveraging advanced UAE military facilities without cost also enables cost reduction in comparison to home station training.
+ Counter-terrorism team Special operations martial arts, operations training by type (vehicle, aircraft, building, vessel), comprehensive training
+ High altitude parachute team Basic tactics and armed parachute, tactical parachute, comprehensive training
+ Maritime special operations team Underwater and surface infiltration, vessel take-over training, comprehensive training
UN Peacekeeping Operations Areas of deployment Tyre Region, Southern Lebanon
July 19th, 2007
350 service members
Mission Reconnaissance and surveillance on the area of operation, coordination and support for the Lebanese military, humanitarian aid, facilitation of proROK sentiment
As an observer to the armistice agreement between
In 1978, the UN established a peacekeeping force in
Lebanon and Israel, Dongmyeong Unit contributes
armistice agreement between Lebanon and Israel. As the
to peace in the Middle East.
Lebanon under a Security Council resolution, observing the situation deteriorated due to conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon in 2006, the UN decided to expand the peacekeeping force from 2,000 to 15,000 and called on member states to participate. Accordingly, the ROKG has deployed Dongmyeong Unit, a force of 350, to southern Lebanon (Tyre) in July 2007, which continues to support peace in Lebanon to this day.
Dongmyeong Unit in Lebanon
Dongmyeong Unit Interdiction of illegal arms and armed groups through reconnaissance and surveillance operations
Major Activity and Results
Dongmyeong Unit is on alert around the clock against potential inflow of illegal arms and armed groups, conducting dismounted and mounted patrols with Lebanese units 2 to 4 times a week in areas suspected of hiding arms caches. There has been no terrorist attack in the area of responsibility since December 2011. The UN and the Lebanese government assess Dongmyeong Unit to be successfully performing its mission in a critical area. Operations Reconnaissance and surveillance of the area of operation Dismounted and mounted patrol with Lebanese units Dismounted and mounted patrol
31,622 3,494 1,518
Civil-military operations tailored to local needs
Dongmyeong Unit has treated over 90,000 patients and conducted humanitarian programs by building the K-Road (3km), sewage works, schools, and a library (K-Library). Dongmyeong Unit operates Taekwondo and Hangul classes, fulfilling its role as a cultural diplomat. The locals have shown great support, voluntarily forming a supporting group for Dongmyeong Unit.
Support for the Lebanese military and partnership with UNIFIL member states Civil-military operations Medical support for the local population Veterinary care Public works (public facilities, schools, waste treatment) Support for the Lebanese military Computer, Hangul, Taekwondo, and sewing classes
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Dongmyeong unit has supported the strengthening of Lebanese military capabilities by enhancing its facilities (C2 and communication network installation). Through active partnership activities with UNIFIL member states, Dongmyeong Unit has established a close cooperation network.
works works villages
▼ Combined dismounted patrol by ROK and French soldiers
▼ Taekwondo class
▼ UN medal recipient
UN Peacekeeping Operations Areas of deployment Bor, South Sudan
March 31st, 2013
300 service members
Mission Reconstruction support for South Sudan, humanitarian effort and
Hanbit Unit A light of hope to a fledgling state of South Sudan
facilitation of pro-ROK sentiment
Since independence from the UK in 1956, Sudan suffered a 50-year civil war, at the end of which South Sudan separated from Sudan in July 2011. The long civil war had ravaged the country, and the people suffered from disease and poverty. Help was needed. To establish peace and support reconstruction in the fledgling nation, the UN called on member states for assistance. Accordingly, the ROKG deployed Hanbit Unit, a force of 300, to Bor, South Sudan, in March 2013.
Hanbit Unit in South Sudan
Hanbit Unit Significant contribution to South Sudan reconstruction and highly regarded by the local government
Major Activity and Results
Hanbit Unit has successfully executed reconstruction missions directed by the UN, including airport expansion•maintenance and road repair, for which the South Sudanese president sent a letter of appreciation. The South Sudanese Defense Minister presented Hanbit Unit with an award of appreciation, making the ROK the first country to receive such an award among the 13 UN sending states within South Sudan. UNMISS assesses Hanbit Unit to be “a well-trained and disciplined unit, passionate and exemplary in conducting its mission.”
Reconstruction support · Bor airport aircraft parking facility expansion : 410m x 110m · Bor airport runway construction : 1.8km x 45m · Bor airport fire break area installment : 1.8km x 30m(2) · Bor airport helipad construction : 70m x 70m · Bor city waste landfill and wastewater treatment facility construction : 50m x 50m(3) · Bor-Mangela road repair : 125km · Bor-Pibor road repair (phase 1) : 24km · Bor city road (18km) repair and drainage construction · Bor city emergency disaster reconstruction (3 / drainage construction in flooded areas)
Successful civil-military operations winning absolute support from the local population
Civil-military operation · Medical support for locals: 16,500 cases · Gunshot wound treatment: 819 cases · Refugee center establishment : 500m x 500m · Hanbit farm : 150m x 100m(600 mango and guava trees planted) · Barrier wall(17km) installed to prevent river Nile flooding · Hanbit Farming Research Center: 110 students · Hanbit crop classes: 15 classes (facilitate independent farming by research center graduates) · Hanbit vocational school (civil engineering, woodwork, welding, electrics): 80 students (Graduates earn licenses and are guaranteed employment)
UN Forces construction support
Hanbit Unit has executed a wide range of civil-military operations including medical support, barrier walls along the Nile, Bor-Juba road construction, vocational and farming research institutes, elementary school and orphanage repair, Taekwondo and soccer classes. This effort led to all members of the unit receiving honorary citizenship from the state of Jonglei. The locals see Hanbit Unit as “providing substantive support” to the South Sudanese people.
Support for refugee center contributing to post-civil war stability Hanbit Unit played a critical role in the rapid stabilization of South Sudan after the civil war broke out in December 2013, by providing humanitarian assistance including refugee center maintenance, disease prevention, drinking water support and gunshot wound treatment. For this effort, Hanbit is considered exemplary.
· Nepalese police contingent (8 buildings), Pibor compound (3 buildings), Nepalese police contingent (8 buildings), Pibor compound (3 buildings), Level-II hospital (12 buildings), UN employee barracks (30 barracks) · Buffer zone clearing (1.5km x 100m), elevated guard post, protective wall (5km) · Receiving reservoir (4), road repair within the compound (4.5km) · Sidewalk repair within the compound (700m) and drainage enhancement (7km) · Bor waste disposal plant (under construction)
▼ Bor-Mangela road repair
▼ Medical support
▼ Farming Research Center
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May 20 th
(FRI) A than k-you letter fr om
the ship is
fully loa ded
an ves sel) Thank yo u for yo ur hard w Thanks t ork o able to p a perfect escort ass op As Korea safely through eration of the R n citizen the pirat O s, we we e lurking K Navy Cheongha India Oce r e Unit, o da e proud t an ur o be able ngerous waters All the c . of the G ship was to see th rew mem u e ROKS W lf bers of o your Unit ang Geon of Aden. ur ship, . in in c lu We hope the vast ding mys yo elf, alwa ys pray f Thank yo u are able to be relieved or the sa u. of your fe voyag mission e of in a healt hy condit ion.
2016 Republic of Korea Overseas Deployments
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