South Korea unveiled new 14,500-ton amphibious assault ship today at the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. in Busan, local media reports.
"To preserve our maritime sovereignty at sea, which is an arena for both competition and cooperation, and to confidently play a role as a member of the international community, we have to move farther towards greater oceans," Defense Minister Song Young Moo said.
The South Korean Navy's second large-scale transport ship can sail at a maximum speed of 23 knots with some 300 crew members aboard.
The Marado, 199 meters long and 31 meters wide, is capable of carrying more than 700 troops, armored vehicles, high-speed amphibious boats and helicopters.
Code-named LPH-6112, the Marado is also equipped with advanced radar and combat devices, including anti-ship guided missiles produced by South Korea, according to the DAPA. It has a 20-mm Phalanx close-in weapons system, as well, while the Dokdo is installed with the 30-mm Goalkeeper gun. LPH stands for landing platform helicopter.
The Marado will be delivered to the Navy in late 2020 after trial operations, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said.
Seoul has begun dismantling loudspeakers used in propoganda warfare with Pyongyang while the latter has promised to do the same following an inter-Korea summit between the leaders of both states. South Korea on Monday announced a plan to remove propaganda loudspeakers along the border with North Korea
South Korea is planning to set up new guided missile unit to target North Korea's long-range artillery sites, KBS World Radio reports Monday. According to the report, the military will likely create a new ground operation command in October, comprising of the Army's first and third military headquarters
The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has officially taken delivery of the first of eight Daegu-class frigates, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and powered by Rolls-Royce, in a ceremony on Tuesday
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