ROK JCS learns LCS capabilities during visit to USS Fort Worth in Busan


Story Number: NNS150316-08Release Date: 3/16/2015 10:27:00 AM
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From U.S. Naval Forces Korea and USS Fort Worth Public Affairs

BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Chairman of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Choi, Yoon-hee visited the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) March 16 during the ship's inaugural port visit to Busan.

While on board Fort Worth, Choi toured the ship and gained a better understanding of how the U.S. Navy is expanding the operational potential of the littoral combat ship through its recent participation in the Foal Eagle bilateral naval exercises that ran from March 8-12.

"The presence of USS Fort Worth during exercise Foal Eagle demonstrates the U.S. Navy's commitment to the ROK and U.S. alliance," said Choi. "We thank the crew for their outstanding performance working alongside ROK forces."

During the visit, Choi toured multiple spaces including Fort Worth's bridge and mission control center as well as her airborne and waterborne mission zones. In these spaces, the ROK's senior uniformed military officer learned more about the littoral combat ship's unique capabilities, which include speed, shallow draft and modularity.

"It was a pleasure to host Adm. Choi and his staff on board to show them first-hand the capabilities that Fort Worth and other littoral combat ships offer and to discuss the positive contributions that these platforms bring to the ROK and U.S. alliance, highlighted by Fort Worth's participation in Foal Eagle," said Cmdr. Matt Kawas, Fort Worth Crew 103 commanding officer.

Fort Worth is currently on a 16-month rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations and is making her inaugural visit to Korea to participate in Foal Eagle alongside ROK Navy counterparts. Foal Eagle is the first of many exercises and exchanges Fort Worth will conduct with regional navies throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

Exercise Foal Eagle in an umbrella of regularly-scheduled, annual exercises that are the culmination of many months of planning and based on realistic training scenarios. The naval portion of the Foal Eagle exercises take place in international waters around South Korea and features a full spectrum of maritime operations.

Fort Worth is the second LCS to deploy as part of an initiative for up to four rotational deployments of these ships simultaneously to U.S. 7th Fleet in the coming years. Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures or anti-submarine warfare.

Fort Worth will employ the surface warfare mission package for her entire deployment, augmenting her 57mm gun and rolling airframe missile launcher with two 30mm guns, two 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats, two six-member maritime security boarding teams, a MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter and a MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system.


For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnfk/.

 
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Engineman 1st Class Miguel Cantu, front, assigned to Surface Warfare Mission Package, Detachment 1, and Engineman 2nd Class Candice Edel, assigned to the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), verify engineering logs.
150309-N-VO234-064 WATERS TO THE WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (March 9, 2015) Engineman 1st Class Miguel Cantu, front, assigned to Surface Warfare Mission Package, Detachment 1, and Engineman 2nd Class Candice Edel, assigned to the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), verify engineering logs on the bridge during Foal Eagle 2015. Foal Eagle is a series of annual training events that are defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance and promoting regional peace and stability. Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the U.S. Navy's strategic rebalance and is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Conor Minto/Released)
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