Republic of Korea Navy

naval warfare branch of South Korea's military

The Republic of Korea Navy also known as the South Korean Navy, is the naval warfare service branch of the South Korean armed forces.

It has about 70,000 people including 29,000 Republic of Korea Marines. There are about 140 ships. The naval aviation force consists of about 70 aircraft. The ROK Marine Corps has about 300 tracked vehicles including assault amphibious vehicles.

During the Japanese occupation of Korea, the Imperial Japanese Navy built a big naval base at Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea (at present-day Jinhae). The present navy was started in 1945. Korea had a long naval history, going back to the 4th century, before that.