▲ The ship pulls into Jeju as part of a routine part visit. Photo by Commander, ROK Fleet
The USS Chief, a mine-clearing ship, docked at Jeju's Gangjeong port yesterday. The ship will stay on the island for a week, before leaving again in early October.
The ship is part of MCMRON 7 and is coming to Jeju for a routine port visit and to complete planned training and certifications.
During the ships stay on Jeju, the sailors will take part in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) activities and go on cultural tours to sites on Jeju.
According to the U.S. Navy, the ship is "part of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force, headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa."
They added that "Chief is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."
The Gangjeong Naval base has been receiving ships for almost two years now, with the 7,600-ton Aegis destroyer Yulgok Yi, being the first to dock on Dec. 22, 2015. The U.S Chief is the fifth foreign ship to call at the base.
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