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South Korea decommissions Ulsan, Pohang-class warships

06 January 2020

The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has decommissioned two Ulsan-class frigates, and a Pohang-class corvette.

The decommissioned frigates are Masan (955) and Gyeongbuk (956), while the corvette is Suncheon (767). All three warships were retired in a decommissioning ceremony on 24 December, according to an official RoKN statement forwarded to Jane's.

Masan and Gyeongbuk were commissioned in July 1985, and May 1986, respectively, while Suncheon entered service in June 1989.

The vessels have been retired as South Korea anticipates the delivery of two more Daegu (FFX-II)-class guided-missile frigates, Gyeongnam and Seoul , both of which were launched in June and November 2019, respectively.

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