South Korea conducts naval exercises to bolster its capabilities to board foreign ships.
As part of an international naval exercise, special troops performed simulations of boarding and capturing enemy boats. A month has passed since U.S. and ROK troops conducted joint naval exercises at an unknown site beginning in June. Jihoon Yu, a researcher at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, asserts that the exercises demonstrate a heightened readiness on the part of Seoul to pursue illegal maritime operations. Politically and militarily, commanding foreign warships on the high seas is dangerous. A former Navy SEAL asserts that using a SEAL VBSS unit against a North Korean ship would be commonplace if the target vessels where high priority.