Three South Korean naval ships arrived in Guam for a port visit Saturday, carrying 800 well-traveled sailors, according to Lt. Arwen E. Consaul, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas spokeswoman.

The South Korean sailors, from the Yangmanchoon, Hwachoen and Wonsan ships, stopped in Guam a day earlier than planned because of weather conditions.

The port call is part of an extended journey that will take them across more than 21,000 miles in 99 days, according to a Navy news release.

Also, the port call “is to enhance diplomatic relations,” she said Monday.

The cruise started Sept. 22 and has taken the sailors to 10 ports, including Russia, Japan, Mexico, Canada and French Polynesia, in a training mission also designed to build international rapport.

The ships are slated to leave Guam on Thursday.

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign up to receive a daily email of today's top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign Up Now