South Korean and U.S. military agree to deepen cooperation in logistics area

Mr. Lee Sun-che­ol, Direc­tor of the MND Mil­i­tary Pow­er Resources Man­age­ment Office, dis­cussed var­i­ous plans to increase logis­tics coop­er­a­tion between South Korea and the Unit­ed States on April 6 with Gen. Ann D. Dun­woody, Com­man­der of the U.S. Army Mate­r­i­al Com­mand, who had vis­it­ed here on April 6.

Mr. Lee Sun-che­ol, Direc­tor of the MND Mil­i­tary Pow­er Resources Man­age­ment Office, and Gen. Ann D. Dun­woody, Com­man­der of the U.S. Army Mate­r­i­al Com­mand, shakes hands on April 6. The two dis­cussed ways to enhance the South Korea‑U.S. mil­i­tary logis­tics coop­er­a­tion. By Kim Tae-hyeong
Source: MND, Repub­lic of Korea

“As a part of the prepa­ra­tions to pro­tect the Kore­an penin­su­la in emer­gency, the two coun­tries’ bilat­er­al logis­tics coop­er­a­tion is very impor­tant,” Lee said. 

Gen. Dun­woody respond­ed hearti­ly, say­ing, “The Kore­an Penin­su­la is my pref­er­en­tial area of inter­ests in mil­i­tary logis­tics,” and went on to say that the U.S. would con­tin­ue to fur­ther strength­en a coop­er­a­tive sys­tem between the two. 

Both of them exchanged their mutu­al con­cerns about the two coun­tries’ pend­ing issues on the broad field of mil­i­tary logis­tics includ­ing ways to aid S. Korea with Amer­i­can mil­i­tary equip­ment and munitions. 

The two sides reached a con­sen­sus in the talks that it is impor­tant to strength­en their coop­er­a­tion in order to enhance logis­tics readi­ness around the Kore­an Penin­su­lar. In addi­tion, the two agreed to increase coop­er­a­tion on mil­i­tary logis­tics through reg­u­lar exchanges. 

Born in 1953, Gen­er­al Ann E. Dun­woody grad­u­at­ed from the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York Col­lege at Cort­land in 1975 and was com­mis­sioned the U.S. Army Sec­ond Lieu­tenant in 1975. 

She became the first woman in U.S. mil­i­tary and uni­formed ser­vice his­to­ry to achieve a four-star offi­cer grade, receiv­ing her fourth star in 2008. 

Min­istry of Nation­al Defense[MND], Repub­lic of Korea 

Korea — Sohn Wony­il Class Pilot Train­ing Equip­ment Devel­oped with Domes­tic Tech­nol­o­gy The pilot train­ing equip­ment for the top-of-the-line 1,800-ton Sohn Wony­il-class sub­ma­rine crew to fur­ther improve their pilot­ing capa­bil­i­ty was devel­oped with domes­tic tech­nol­o­gy. This will lead the Navy to expect to fur­ther strength­en its sub­ma­rine war­fare capabilities. 

Source: MND, Repub­lic of Korea

“After more than four years of hard work, we had devel­oped with domes­tic tech­nol­o­gy the pilot train­ing equip­ment for the Sohn Wony­il class sub­ma­rine such as the hard­ware and soft­ware for the sub­ma­rine and deliv­ered them to the Navy,” said the state-run Defense Acqui­si­tion Pro­gram Admin­is­tra­tion on April 9. 

The devel­op­ment of the pilot train­ing equip­ment for sub­marines requires a high lev­el of tech­ni­cal skills, because the oper­a­tional envi­ron­ment in which the equip­ment is used must be the same as that of actu­al warfare. 

For this rea­son, tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced coun­tries either refused to trans­fer the devel­op­ment tech­nol­o­gy to us or demand­ed heavy roy­al­ties of tech­nol­o­gy transfer. 

As a result of this, for exam­ple, most of the coun­tries that pur­chased Ger­man sub­marines have oper­at­ed Ger­man-man­u­fac­tured train­ing equipment. 

In that sense, this new­ly equip­ment means so much to us in that the equip­ment has been devel­oped for the Navy to be able to con­duct exer­cis­es when it is impos­si­ble to do on a real sub­ma­rine or to improve its capa­bil­i­ty to take emer­gency action as well as to pilot submarines. 

We expect that this devel­op­ment will cause var­i­ous ben­e­fits. For exam­ple, it makes a lev­el of safe­ty high­er because we can car­ry out the exer­cise on land rather than in the water. 

In addi­tion, we can reduce oper­at­ing costs for sub­marines by $4.5 bil­lion and export the equipment. 

Since 2004 when the Navy built a drill field in which var­i­ous exer­cis­es are con­duct­ed in a real war­fare envi­ron­ment made by com­put­er graph­ics and sim­u­la­tions, it has devel­oped the abil­i­ty to pilot sub­marines in any weather. 

It also cur­rent­ly con­structs a com­pre­hen­sive mar­itime train­ing cen­ter, sched­uled to be com­plet­ed next year with­in the Sec­ond Fleet site in Pyeong­taek, to enhance its anti-sub­ma­rine oper­a­tions capabilities. 

The train­ing cen­ter com­pris­es an anti-sub­ma­rine oper­a­tions exer­cise sec­tion and a sub­ma­rine pilot­ing skills one. The anti-sub­ma­rine train­ing sec­tion was designed to fur­ther boost the abil­i­ty to locate and iden­ti­fy sub­marines and to oper­ate anti-sub­ma­rine weapons. 

The oth­er train­ing cen­ter is aimed at rein­forc­ing the pilot­ing skills to over­come the com­pli­cat­ed water­ways and bad weath­er con­di­tions of the West Sea. 

Min­istry of Nation­al Defense[MND], Repub­lic of Korea 

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