Rear Adm. (Lower Half) Anho Chung, Republic of Korea Navy, embarked the ROKS WANG GEON (DDH 978) to begin his tenure as Commander Combined Task Force 151 (counter-piracy), Jun. 18.

Rear Admiral Anho Chung,Commander Combined Task Force 151, and his multi-national staff on board ROKS Wang Geon.

He leads a staff of 20 multi-national naval officers from seven nations, comprising Republic of Korea, United States, the Netherlands, Thailand, Jordan, Turkey and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

At the change of command ceremony, RDML Chung stated: “We will complete our mission no matter what situations occur, by maintaining close command and control systems and by strengthening our teamwork.  I will also enhance cooperation with other counter-piracy operation forces.  Operational gaps will be minimized by strengthening coordination with the EU and NATO.”

RDML Chung emphasized his wish to also strengthen the CTF-151 partnership with regional nations and maritime communities such as United Kingdom Maritime Transport Organisation (UKMTO) and Maritime Security Centre-Horn Of Africa (MSC-HOA).

The CTF-151 staff led by RDML Chung began responding to suspected piracy incidents within hours of the change-of-command ceremony, seamlessly picking up where the CTF-151 staff under Rear Adm. Tanin Likitawong, Royal Thai Navy, left off.

As RDML Chung stated, “we are ready for this mission under active support from Combined Maritime Forces.  Our operational objectives are very clear to deter and disrupt piracy and to further secure freedom of navigation at sea.”