The South Korean Navy has launched its first high-mobility combat unit to provide enhanced protection for its maritime areas.

According to the navy, the combat unit comprises six destroyers, which will provide better protection against threats from countries such as North Korea.

The combat unit includes South Korea’s first Aegis combat destroyer Sejong the Great as well as their first amphibious ship transport helicopter Dokdo as well as a number of aircraft and submarines.

The navy says two squadrons are scheduled to be deployed in the southern cities of Busan and Jinhae, with plans to add another squadron in Jeju when an eco-friendly naval base opens in the island in 2014.

Aegis combat destroyers can track down enemy targets and monitor targets nearly 1,000km away, and shoot down objects within a 150km radius.