April 13, 2010 08:50
A large-scale civilian-military team is gearing up this week to identify what caused the Navy corvette Cheonan to sink in the West Sea on March 26. The team will begin full activities as soon as the ship is salvaged. It will be joined by experts from the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and Sweden. As of Monday, the team consisted of about 130 investigators, up from 60 in the initial stages.
About 30 civilians including representatives of families of missing sailors, civilian experts, and university professors, will join the investigation team.
A Defense Ministry official said, "Our military and civilian experts have sufficient abilities to determine the cause of the incident, but we decided to invite experts from the U.S, and other countries to ensure international credibility and transparency."
The U.S. has already sent three active-duty officers and four civilian workers from the Naval Safety Center and the Naval Sea Systems Command. Three Australian investigators will arrive this week.
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