Sea Platforms

South Korean coastguard task force receives new interceptors to combat illegal fishing

14 January 2020

The Korea Coast Guard’s (KCG’s) Five West Sea Islands Guard Unit has boosted its interdiction capabilities with two new fast interceptor craft. The new vessels, with pennant numbers SM-01 and SM-02, were commissioned in late December 2019 and have been operationally deployed to the islands of Yonpyeong and Daecheong near the Northern Limit Line (NLL) de-facto maritime border with North Korea, according to the KCG.

The craft were built by Human Heavy Industries in Changwon under a contract awarded in November 2017. A steel cutting ceremony was held on 25 July 2018 and the first hull was launched on 13 August 2019.

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