On 15 August, therefore, CTG 96.7 advised
his intention, if not otherwise directed, of seizing the
Tŏkchŏk Islands in the Inchon approaches as a base for intelligence
activities and future operations.
No countermanding instructions were received, help was promised by the west coast Commonwealth units, and on the 17th Operation Lee, named for the commanding officer of ROKN PC 702, was begun.
With two YMS in company Lee put a Tioman force ashore on Tŏkchŏk To;