Navy Officer Who Survived 2010 Cheonan Sinking Commands New Frigate

SEOUL - In a significant moment for South Korea's Navy, Commander Park Yeon-soo, a survivor of the 2010 North Korean torpedo attack on the ROKS Cheonan, has been appointed as the commanding officer of a new frigate named after the sunken warship. The Navy announced this development on Monday, marking a poignant chapter in the country's naval history.

According to Yonhap News Agency, FFG-826 Daegu-class frigate, bears the name ROKS Cheonan, honoring the corvette that was tragically lost in the Yellow Sea in March 2010, resulting in the death of 46 sailors. Commander Park, who previously served as the operations officer on the Cheonan, assumed command during an inauguration ceremony at the 2nd Fleet in Pyeongtaek, located 70 kilometers south of Seoul.

Expressing a profound sense of duty, Commander Park committed to protecting the Yellow Sea and the Northern Limit Line, the de-facto maritime border, with the newly reincarnated Cheonan. He emphasized his dedication to robustly defending these waters, echoing his sentiments during a tribute at the memorial for the 46 sailors who perished in the 2010 attack.

The 2,800-ton class warship, measuring 122 meters in length and capable of speeds up to 55 kilometers per hour, was officially commissioned last month. Equipped with a helicopter, short-range surface-to-air missiles, and tactical surface launch missiles, the frigate is poised for missions in the Yellow Sea, an area of heightened military tension with North Korea.

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