SEOUL, An Australian rear admiral has been appointed to deputy commander of the United Nations Command (UNC), his country’s embassy here said Tuesday.

R. Adm. Stuart Mayer will replace Lt. Gen. Wayne D. Eyre. He will be the first Australian officer to serve in the post.

It is the second time since the command’s establishment in 1950 that its No. 2 post has been offered to a non-American officer. Eyre is from Canada.

“The appointment of R. Adm. Mayer is a great opportunity for Australia to work with the Republic of Korea, the United States and regional partners to further contribute to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula,” the Australian embassy said in a statement.

Mayer has held key appointments including Commander Australian Fleet and commander of the multinational International Stabilization Force in East Timor, the embassy noted.

The UNC, currently led by U.S. Army Gen. Robert Abrams, oversees the armistice that halted the 1950-53 Korean War.

Source: Yonhap news Agency