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South Korea asks U.S. to aid in hunt for subs

Dec 05,2004
South Korea has requested help from the U.S. Seventh Fleet in searching for submarines that have frequently been detected in the East Sea (Sea of Japan), a Navy official said.
According to a Navy official, “Kim Jong-hwan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently asked Vice Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, the commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, for aid in maritime patrol activities using P-3C submarine spotter planes.” Admiral Greenert reportedly responded positively.
The request for support follows a failed attempt on Oct. 10 by the South Korean Navy to find an unidentified vessel, presumed to be a North Korean submarine, that showed up in the northern-most area of the East Sea.
The Navy official said that North Korea possesses more than 100 submarines.


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