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RoKN receives fourth and final LST-2-class tank landing ship

24 November 2018
Seen here shortly after being launched in November, Nojeokbong, the fourth and final LST-2-class tank landing ship on order for the RoKN, was handed over to the service on 21 November. Source: RoKN

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has handed over the fourth and final Cheonwangbong (LST-2)-class tank landing ship to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).

The service received the ship, which has been named Nojeokbong (pennant number 689), in a ceremony held on 21 November at HHI's dockyard in Ulsan, according to a statement by South Korea's Defense Administration Program Agency (DAPA).

The 127 m-long vessel was launched in November 2017 and is expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2019.

Third-of-class Ilchulbong was launched in October 2016 and handed over to the service in April 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 LST-2 class has a standard displacement of 4,900 tonnes, an overall beam of 19.4 m, a hull draught of 5.4 m, and a crew complement of 120.

Each of the vessels can carry three landing craft, two tanks, eight amphibious assault vehicles, and up to 300 fully equipped soldiers. The ships also feature a flight deck that can take two helicopters, including the UH-60A.

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