Republic of Korea Navy

The Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN; Korean: 대한민국 해군), also known as the ROK Navy or South Korean navy, is the naval warfare service branch of the South Korean armed forces, responsible for naval and amphibious operations.[3] The ROK Navy includes the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, which functions as a branch of the Navy.[4] The ROK Navy has about 70,000 regular personnel including 29,000 Republic of Korea Marines. There are about 160 commissioned ships with the ROK Navy. The naval aviation force consists of about 70 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The ROK Marine Corps has about 300 tracked vehicles including assault amphibious vehicles.

Republic of Korea Navy
대한민국 해군
大韓民國 海軍
Daehan-minguk Haegun
Logo of the ROK Navy since 2000
FoundedNovember 11, 1945; 75 years ago (1945-11-11)
Country South Korea
SizeApx. 70,000 active duty personnel incl. 29,000 marines (2020)[1]
Apx. 150 ships and 70 aircraft[1]
Part of ROK Armed Forces
HeadquartersRepublic of Korea Navy HQ, Gyeryongdae complex, Gyeryong
Motto(s)Korean: "바다로, 세계로" ("바다로, 世界로"; "To the sea, to the world")
MarchHaegunga (Navy Anthem)[2]
Fleet18 submarines
12 destroyers
12 frigates
11 corvettes
64 patrol vessels
14 amphibious warfare ships
11 mine warfare ships
20 auxiliary ships
EngagementsKorean War
Vietnam War
Operation Enduring Freedom
Combined Task Force 151 (2009–present)
Commander-in-ChiefPresident Moon Jae-in
Minister of National DefenseSuh Wook
Chief of Naval OperationsAdmiral Boo Suk-jong (34th)
Vice admiral Sohn Won-yil (1st CNO)
Flag and jack

The Republic of Korea Navy was established as the Marine Defense Group on November 11, 1945 after Korea was liberated from the Empire of Japan on August 15, 1945. Since the Korean War, the South Korean navy had concentrated its efforts on building naval forces to counteract hostilities of North Korea. As South Korea's economy grew, the ROK Navy was able to locally build larger and better equipped fleets to deter aggression, to protect the sea lines of communication, and to support the nation's foreign policy.[5] As part of its mission, the ROK Navy has engaged in several peacekeeping operations since the turn of the 21st century.[6] The ROK Navy aims to become a blue-water navy in the 2020s.[7][8]