South Korean Navy receives new landing ship
The South Korean Navy has commissioned its fourth landing ship (LST-II), No Jeok Bong, at a ceremony in Seo Hae Dae, the South Korean Ministry of Defence announced on 17 December.
Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the 4900t-class ship is 127m long and has a maximum speed of 23kts. It can carry up to 120 crew and 300 troops along with landing craft, mechanised tanks, rigid-inflatable boats and amphibious assault vehicles. Its deck can handle two amphibious helicopters.
The ship will be deployed on operations following a three-month force integration and evaluation period.
The ship will carry out expeditious response force transport operations, and will also support international cooperation activities, including peacekeeping operations and non-military and humanitarian missions such as disaster relief.
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