Australian admiral assumes UNC deputy chief duty

SEOUL, A top Australian naval officer has started his service as deputy commander of the United Nations Command (UNC) in South Korea, the command said Sunday.

Vice Adm. Stuart Mayer has replaced Canadian Lt. Gen. Wayne Eyre, with a change of responsibility ceremony held at the UNC's headquarters in Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, on Saturday, the command wrote on its Facebook account.

Vice Adm. Mayer is only the second nonU.S. general officer to hold the position since the multinational force was established 68 years ago, it added.

In operating the UNC, Washington has pushed for more support from other countries, which had sent troops to help South Korea fight against North Korea in the 195053 Korean War. The command oversees the implementation of the Armistice Agreement that effectively ended the war.

In late April, the Australian Embassy in Seoul announced that the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, had tapped Mayer as the deputy chief of the UNC.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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