South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 15 December that its project to develop a new 5,200-tonne auxiliary submarine rescue ship, or ASR-II, for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has progressed after an agreement was reached last month on the vessel’s performance requirements.
DAPA, which launched the project in late 2015 in partnership with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), now plans to move on to the next stage, which is to develop the ship’s systems and deliver the vessel to the RoKN by 2022.
The ASR-II, which is expected to feature a helicopter deck and reach speeds of up to 20 kt, will feature a ‘centre well’ (moon pool) through which deep-sea rescue vessels (DSRVs) will be deployed to rescue the crews of distressed submarines at depths of up to 500 m amid waves as tall as 4 m.
The ‘centre well’ will also allow for broader submarine support operations in addition to underwater exploration, according to DAPA.
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