Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 13, 2013 09:30 ET

Republic of Korea Naval Ships Make Historic Visit to Montreal Commemorating Canada's Role in Korean War

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 13, 2013) - Two Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) ships will visit the Port of Montreal from October 13 to 16, 2013. This historic visit recognizes the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the 50th anniversary of Korea-Canada diplomatic relations.

"I am honoured to welcome our partners on this historic occasion," said Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). "This visit will offer a valuable opportunity for the Royal Canadian Navy to renew friendships and strengthen the ties between our two navies."

The ROKN ships, Hwa-Cheon and Dae Jo Yeong, with 630 Korean sailors led by Rear Admiral Soo-hong Jang, will participate in various events over the four-day visit. Both ships will also be open to the public each afternoon.

A total of 516 Canadian servicemen died during the Korean War. The first Canadian combat units to enter the Korean theatre were RCN destroyers. The 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice took place this year on July 27. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Republic of Korea.

Note to editors/ news directors: For more information on the ship's visit, please contact Lieutenant (Navy) Louis-Philippe Trudel at 514-576-9928 or, or Sub-Lieutenant Stephan Dubois at 514-283-6517 ext.: 214 or

For more information on the Royal Canadian Navy's role in the Korean War.

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