INCHEON, Republic of Korea -- The mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) participated in a reenactment commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Incheon Amphibious Landing Operation, Sept. 15.
The exhibition included demonstrations by amphibious landing forces, naval fire support, military aircraft, special forces, and U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) minesweepers.
"It was a great honor for Patriot to participate in such a historical event," said Lt. Cdr. Emily Royse, commanding officer of Patriot. “It is a continuous reminder that a strong ROK-U.S. alliance is critical to maintaining stability and security in this region."
In 1950, a coalition of United Nations forces coordinated an assault on the port of Incheon in a successful effort to retake Seoul from North Korea.
Starting on Sept. 15, the amphibious attack involved 261 Allied warships and 75,000 troops. The four-day attack ultimately led to the liberation of Seoul two weeks later.
"The crew gained invaluable insight into the extraordinary courage and heroism of all allied troops that participated in the landing 65 years ago.”
Capt. Mike Dowling, commodore, Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7, spent two days embarked onboard Patriot. He also participated in pre-sail meetings onboard the ROK amphibious assault ship Dokdo (LPH 611).
"I'm really impressed with the precision of the crew, and the pride and professionalism of every sailor on the ship," said Dowling.
Patriot was the sole Navy representative in the reenactment.
The week before the commemoration, Patriot sailors were invited by the Republic of Korea Navy to view the salvaged remnants of the ROK corvette ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772), a casualty of a North Korean torpedo attack in 2010.
The opportunity to view the memorial dedicated to the 46 sailors who lost their lives in the attack was a sobering reminder of the importance in continuing the close security ties and naval cooperation between our two countries.
"You hear the stories and see the pictures but it doesn't fully become clear until you are standing by a vessel with a 40 ft. chunk of her missing,” said Quartermaster Seaman Devin Rodrigues.