South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched on 2 November the fourth and final LST-2 tank landing ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) at its Ulsan dockyard, the company said in a press statement.
The 127 m-long vessel, which has been named Nojeokbong (with pennant number 689), will be delivered to the service in November next year and commissioned in 2019, according to HHI.
The third of the class, Ilchulbong , was launched in October 2016 and is expected to be commissioned in 2018. The first two ships of the class, Cheonwangbong and Cheonjabong , entered service with the RoKN in November 2014 and August 2017, respectively.
According to specifications provided by HHI, the class has a standard displacement of 4,900 tonnes and a crew of 120.
Each of the vessels can carry landing craft, tanks, Korea amphibious assault vehicles, and up to 300 fully-equipped soldiers, and features a flight deck that can take up to two helicopters, including the UH-60A.
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