Navy Destroyer to Help Evacuation in Libya

Korea urgently dispatched the 4,500-ton Choi Young KDX-II destroyer, which is carrying out anti-piracy duties in the Gulf of Aden, to waters off Libya to support the evacuation of Koreans in the turbulent country, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

"The Choi Young left the Gulf of Aden for Libya on Thursday afternoon and will arrive in waters north of Libya in the first week of March," the spokesman said. "We're dispatching the ship just in case the plan to evacuate Koreans by chartered aircraft hits a snag."

Libya is being torn apart by the bloodiest of the Middle East's "Jasmine Revolutions" so far as dictator Muammar Gadhafi refuses to quit.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 25, 2011 12:21 KST