Korea unveils new cruise missile on Armed Forces Day

There has been quite a lot of military activity over the past few days, especially in the air space between Seoul and the DMZ where I live, with many military helicopters flying the route daily.

I wasn’t sure what was happening until I was informed that today was the 65th anniversary of South Korea’s Army and a huge military parade took place in Seoul to mark the occasion.

Two Black Hawk helicopters fly over my school in Munsan, South Korea.

Two Black Hawk helicopters fly over my school in Munsan, South Korea.

Armed Forces Day is an annual celebration in South Korea, held on October 1st each year, the day that South-Korean forces broke through the 38th parallel in 1950 during the Korean War, and is held in honour of South Korea’s military forces. 

Over 11,000 soldiers and 120 aircraft were involved in today’s Armed Forces Day Parade , which is said to have been South Korea’s largest military parade in over a decade. The parade also displayed many of South Korea’s top military weapons including a never before seen GPS-guided cruise missile capable of traveling over 1,000 km.

Let’s just hope that none of those extremely high tech weapons will ever need to be used, as they were when I was here back in  2010, when North Korea bombed Yeonpyeong Island and killed two South Korean Soldiers. 

 

  • Betty Londergan
    October 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Keep safe over there … can’t believe you are SO close to the DMZ zone! Fascinating blog posts, though!!

  • Russell Smith
    October 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Life in S. Korea must be nerve-wracking w/ those crazies just across the border!

  • silkpurseproductions
    October 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Pretty scary. Stay safe.