JEJU, Republic of Korea -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) departed Jeju, Republic of Korea following a scheduled port visit March 3.
Rafael Peralta’s visit underscores the strategic importance of Republic of Korea to an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific by enabling presence, assured access, and defense to the global commons. Visits with the Republic of Korea allows the U.S. Navy to strengthen relationships with like-minded Allies and improve interoperability between the two countries.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to further enhance our country’s relationship with the Republic of Korea. We are committed to strengthening our bonds with the people and armed forces here. These relationships, at the Sailor-to-Sailor level, ensure our forces can operate together effectively and maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” said, Cmdr. Charles Cooper, commanding officer, USS Rafael Peralta.
The Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance, including naval cooperation, is strong and has a long history of deterring aggression on the Korean Peninsula. It is one of the most successful alliances in modern history. It has enjoyed unparalleled success in preserving the terms of the Armistice Agreement, promoting democracy, and providing security for the citizens of the Republic of Korea and Northeast Asia.
“Our surface forces serve as a visible symbol of the commitment we have to our longstanding relationship, and this ship visit comes at great time, during the 70th anniversary of our Alliance,” said Capt. Walt Mainor, commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. “The ROK-U.S. Alliance is critical to security and stability in this region and this crew performed in outstanding fashion during this visit in service of our shared maritime values.”
Rafael Peralta is operating as part of Commander, Task Force 71, U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. CTF 71 is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers as well as any surface unit conducting independent operations in the region.
7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.