- The South Korean navy has received a new type of naval training vessel
- Platform will bolster the service’s more advanced training capabilities
The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has received a new type of training support vessel from local shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC).
The platform, which has been ordered for the RoKN by the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), was handed over on 28 December 2017, according to a report from South Korea’s Defense Procurement Agency (DAPA) that was released on 29 December 2017, and quoted by official news agency Yonhap on the same day.
HHIC first began constructing the 45 m ship, which has been referred to as a multipurpose training boat (MTB), in July 2015. The vessel had entered the water by April 2017. It has an overall beam of 15 m, a draught in excess of 2 m, a standard displacement of 230 tonnes, and a loaded displacement in excess of 280 tonnes.
Images of the ship released by DAPA show a catamaran hull that is powered by two waterjets for a top speed of 25 kt and a range of 500 n miles at a cruising speed of 15 kt. The vessel has a prominent dome antenna as well as two smaller stabilised dome antennae on top of the vessel’s superstructure.
The platform has a complement of 10 although another 15 technical staff can be accommodated as well.
The training support vessel will be used in a variety of roles to support the ROKN’s training activities. It will be used to conduct anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercises, anti-surface gunnery drills, and anti-air missile operations.
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