Late last week, the South Korean Navy officially welcomed its newest frigate bearing the namesake of a smaller warship allegedly torpedoed by North Korea in 2010.
Named ROKS Cheonan (FFG-826), the country’s seventh 2,800-ton Daegu-class frigate had its commissioning ceremony last Friday held at a major naval base in Changwon, southeast of Seoul.
ROK stands for the Republic of Korea, the official name of South Korea, in contrast to DPRK, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the official name of the North.
Allegedly Sunken by the North
According to Yonhap News Agency, the service specifically chose the name and ceremony location to honor its previous namesake bearer, the ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772), where the DPRK midget submarine allegedly sunk the vessel. This decision came as the South’s way of firmly telling its North counterpart that it is yet to forget the attack nor back down from its commitment to defend its territory.