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Naval support ships forge ahead in Asia-Pacific

18th October 2018 - 10:48 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


There is considerable activity around Asia-Pacific in terms of building new support ships and tankers as navies enhance their ability to support their fleets farther afield. One example is the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN), which has commissioned the first-of-class fast combat support ship ROKS Soyang on 18 September.

This 23,000t vessel of the AOE-II class had been launched by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Ulsan in November 2016. Bearing the hull number 51, the ship is 190m long and has a beam of 25m.

ROKS Soyang can carry up to 10,105t of oil and ammunition at a maximum …

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