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Korea’s final Wildcats bare operational claws

6th July 2017 - 08:59 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The final four of South Korea’s eight Leonardo AW159 Wildcat naval helicopters were formally declared operational on 5 July.

The Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) marked the occasion by announcing, ‘The remaining four [helicopters] were deployed at a frontline fleet and put into maritime operations today.’ 

It is likely that they are being used aboard Incheon-class guided missile frigates in waters to the west of the country where tensions are high.

Cdr Kwak Han-jung, commander of 622 Squadron that is based at Jinhae, additionally commented, ‘As the eight new AW159 maritime operation helicopters with superb anti-submarine, anti-ship detection and

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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