WONG: It seems South Korea has had enough of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia. A special navy unit has been approved by parliament to help combat the problem. STORY: This is Munmu the Great, a 4500-ton KDX-II destroyer. The navy has chosen it to join the anti-piracy campaign in the coming weeks. Pirates along Somalias coast have already hijacked vessels from foreign nations and taken more than $30 million in ransom. In three recent hijackings 40 South Korean crew members were taken by the pirates and then released. But this new naval unit called the Blue Sea is ready to respond to the challenge. [Jang Seong-woo, Commander]: "The Cheonghae Unit is fully prepared to respond to the world's request of protecting the vessels and people in concert with other countries." And they mean business. [Hong Jeong-geun, Blue Sea Crew Member]: "As a member of the Blue Sea Unit, I swear I will be back after making those pirates extremely frightened. I am on my way, mom and dad!" And the Blue Sea unit has an impressive arsenal at disposal. Munmu the Great is equipped with harpoon ship-to-surface missiles, two Lynx anti-submarine helicopters, ship-to-air guided missiles, and has a top speed of 29 knots. About 460 South Korean ships use the Gulf of Aden route each year.
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