It was learned that a second British naval vessel will be participating in joint international monitoring of North Korea’s smuggling operations in the East China Sea. This ship is arriving at the U.S. naval base in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture on May 11.
The Royal Navy’s HMS Albion is an amphibious transport dock. It will monitor ship-to-ship transfers in international waters through which North Korean ships receive refined oil products and other goods. It will use the U.S. military base under the UN Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) for the Korean War and will be dispatched to the East China Sea after preparations are completed.
This will be the second British vessel participating in the operations. The Australian and Canadian armed forces are also engaged in monitoring using aircraft based at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.