S. Korea’s naval destroyer due in Ghana

SEOUL, South Korea's elite naval troops are on their way to waters off Ghana aboard a 4,400-ton destroyer on a rescue mission, the defense authorities said Sunday.

Three South Koreans were kidnapped in the area on March 26 by unidentified forces while working on a fishing ship, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

The country's military dispatched the Munmu the Great, a destroyer operating in the Gulf of Aden as part of the anti-piracy Cheonghae Unit, to help rescue them.

It's expected to arrive at the destination near West Africa around April 16, carrying some 30 UDT/SEAL members.

The destroyer also carries Lynx multi-role choppers armed with 12.7-mm machine guns.

In 2011, the Cheonghae Unit successfully carried out a gunfight operation to rescue the South Korean crew of a cargo vessel hijacked by Somali pirates.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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