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Tuesday, June 28, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

S. Korea trains UAE Navy in counter-piracy skills

ABU DHABI — South Korea plans to intensify training of the United Arab Emirates Navy.


South Korea said it would send 10 officers to the UAE in July. The South Korean officers were assigned to help the UAE Navy in demolition as well as counter-insurgency missions.

In February, the UAE requested South Korean naval training. Officials said Seoul was asked to contribute members of the South Korean Navy's elite underwater demolition team.

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Officials said the UAE wanted to enhance counter-insurgency skills, particularly in stopping piracy in the Gulf. They said the UAE Navy was assigned to expand operations against Somali-based pirates stationed in the Gulf of Aden.

In 2011, South Korea began operating a 130-member special forces unit in the UAE. Officials said the South Korean force was training the UAE in CI, paratrooper and related training.

Officials said the South Korean training program was bolstering military relations with the UAE. They said Abu Dhabi was also considering purchasing South Korean military platforms, including jet trainers for the UAE Air Force.

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