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