U.S., S. Korean navy families relax over weekend together
A group of U.S. sailors and their family members spent two days with their South Korean counterparts, enjoying recreational opportunities near the South Korean navy’s Second Fleet Naval Base in Pyeongtaek.
“The main objective of the weekend for us is to show the U.S. Navy that we are of the same mind … and same goals,” South Korean navy Lt. Koo Bon-cheol said in the release. “We also wanted to form a friendship with our Navy counterparts stationed in Korea.”
Sailors spent the first day of the event golfing, visiting a water park and spa or going to Independence Hall and Admiral Yi’s memorial hall.
Plans for the second day’s activities included a trip to Ijak Island for swimming and boat rides, but bad weather forced participants to go instead to the Korean navy’s Ulchimoonduk, the 2nd Fleet flagship, and the West Sea Engagement Monument.
“I think the weekend not only enhanced camaraderie, but it gave us the opportunity to see how similar our two navies are in our pursuits, ideals and goals. A true brotherhood was formed,” Lt. j.g. Jared Sweetser said.