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HHI Launches Korean Destroyer

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has constructed the first 4000-ton class Korean destroyer ordered by the Republic of Korea Navy. The launching ceremony for the warship was held on April 11, 2004 at HHI’s Special and Naval Shipbuilding Yard in Ulsan. . During the launching ceremony, First Lady Kwon Yang-sook named the warship Munmudaewang-ham. The warship takes its name after "Munmudaewang (The Great King Munmu)", the king of the Silla Dynasty who unified the Korean peninsular and strived to protect the nation even after his death. Munmudaewang-ham, which is the second ship of the KDX-II project, is Korea's first stealth destroyer, with capability of surface to surface, surface to air and antisubmarine warfare, and it is currently the largest warship built by HHI. The warship is 150m long, 17.4m wide and 7.3m deep with top speed of 29 knots (54km/h) and cruising radius of 12,000km. It can carry 300 passengers and is equipped with a 5 inch medium calibre gun, surface to surface and surface to air guided missiles, torpedos, and a helicopter. Based on these capabilities, it can carry out omnidirectional battle operations against warships, submarines, airplanes, and land targets. Furthermore, its outstanding maneuverability, seaworthiness and controllability secure continuous execution of duties even in rough sea.


S. Korea Navy Praised Over Pirate Rescue

According to a report from AFP, Seoul newspapers on Jan. 22 praised South Korean navy commandos who battled pirates off the coast of Somalia to release captured crew. In a pre-dawn operation about 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) off northeast Somalia on Jan. 21, special forces stormed a South Korean tanker and freed all the hostages, killing eight pirates and capturing five others in compartment-to-compartment battles.


CAE Wins Korean Navy Contract

CAE has been selected to supply shipboard control systems for the fifth in a series of KDX-II class destroyers for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). List price for similar repeat business is approximately $C6 million. The complete system will be delivered in 2005. This contract, awarded by prime contractor Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME), marks the tenth selection of CAE's integrated platform management system (IPMS) for the ROKN


South Korean Navy Ship Sinks Near Border

According to a March 26 report from BBC News, about 40 sailors are missing after a South Korean navy ship sank near the border with North Korea, Yonhap news agency said citing military officials. The patrol vessel, with 104 people aboard, sank after an unexplained explosion tore through its hull. Several sailors also died, officials were quoted as saying. (Source: BBC News)


Korean Coast Guard Selects Rolls-Royce Thrusters

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company,has been selected by the South Korean Coast Guard to supply Azimuth thrusters for a new fleet of 15 tugs. The contract, worth around £12 million, will involve the supply of Rolls-Royce Azimuth thrusters (two per vessel) as the prime propulsion and steering system on these powerful vessels, which will be fully equipped to perform oil-skimming and environmental protection duties


South Korean Navy to Build Nine 3,000-ton Subs by 2030

The South Korean Navy plans to build nine 3,000-ton submarines by 2030 to increase the length of its underwater operations and improve its precision strike capabilities, Yonhap News reported. Yonhap said it received the information from an anonymous military source who said the submarines were scheduled to be built between 2020 and 2030. Precise designs were allegedly started earlier this year. The new diesel-powered submarines will be equipped with vertical launchers that will


Propulsion Annual: (Fuel) Cells of Endeavor

By David Tinsley, Technical Editor German industry is doing much to advance the development and application of fuel cell technology, and is responsible for many of the initiatives launched so far in the marine sector. Although skeptics in the commercial shipping domain discount the chances of a substantial uptake of fuel cell power aboard mercantile traders in the foreseeable future, there is a growing realization of the long-term possibilities offered by the technology


This Day in U.S. Naval History - June 29

1925 - Ships and men from 11th and 12th Naval Districts assist in relief after earthquake at Santa Barbara , CA   1950 - Truman authorizes sea blockade of the Korean coast   1950 - USS Juneau fires first naval shore bombardment of Korean Conflict   Source: Navy News Service


This Day in Naval History - July 03

From the Navy News Service:   1898 - At Battle of Santiago, Cuba, Rear Adm. Sampson's squadron destroys Spanish fleet. 1950 - USS Valley Forge (CV 45) and HMS Triumph participate in first carrier action of Korean Conflict. VF-51 aircraft (Valley Forge) shoot down two North Korean aircraft. The action is first combat test of F9F Panther and AD Skyraider.


Washington Coast Guard Crew Deploys to South Korea

A boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 313, from Everett, Wash., conducts a security patrol in a 4th generation, 32-foot transportable security boat (TSB) off the coast of Dogu beach in support of exercise Foal Eagle, April 21, 2013. This is the first time since 2006 that a Coast Guard PSU has participated in Korean Theater of Operations (KTO). (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith/Released)

Through chilling winds and choppy seas, five-man crews aboard small, gray security boats worked tirelessly for 10 days patrolling the waters around a massive 348-foot petroleum vessel near the coast of Pohang, South Korea. Boat crews from Port Security Unit (PSU) 313 worked night and day to enforce a safety zone around U.S. Naval Ship Vice Adm. K.R. Wheeler and an eight-mile submerged pipeline that extended from the ship to the shores of Dogu Beach.


Korean Shipyards in Troubled Water

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Struggling with technology and a plunge in oil prices that has discouraged exploration, Korean vessel makers are racking up debt and could show billions of dollars in losses, reports Bloomberg.   The Big Three shipbuilders in South Korea ventured into offshore oil rigs starting around


South Korea Okays Casinos on Cruise Ships

Sapphire Princess. Image by Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd

 South Korea has given the go-ahead for cruise ships to operate onboard casinos for foreign guests, , reports the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.   South Korean cruise vessels voyaging overseas will be able to operate casinos on board – but casino admission will be only for


Korean Registry Okays Transas ECDIS

Certificate issued by the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute proves the systems compliance with all ECDIS-related regulations

  Transas, one of the world's leading providers of integrated navigation solutions, received ECDIS type-approval from the Korean Registry (Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute), making Transas one of a few companies holding an ECDIS certificate from the South Korean maritime authority


North Korean Subs Have Left Their Bases

Kim Jong Un Watches Strategic Submarine Underwater Ballistic Missile Test-fire. Photo by KCNA

 South Korea said the submarines, comprising about 70 per cent of a North Korean submarine fleet, had left their home ports and were nowhere to be found.   Military are increasing their surveillance capability to track them. Military sources said


HHI Launches Korea’s Second Minelayer

Korea’s Second Minelayer, MLS-II Nampo (Photo: HHI)

Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched the second minelayer, MLS-II Nampo, for the Korean Navy.   In attendance at the MLS-II launching ceremony were Baek Seung-joo, Vice Minister of National Defense of Republic of Korea; Kwon Oh-gap


Imbari Stands Strong

Today, the Imabari Shipbuilding group operates nine factories and 12 building facilities that produce a total of over 90 vessels per year.  The newbuilding  drydock will measure  600 x 80m (1968.5 x 262.467 ft.) and cost about $333m.

Mammoth dry dock investment to support construction of 20,000 TEU containership series   During the second half of the 20th century, the Japanese ruled commercial shipbuilding.  Today, numerous competitive forces in the Far East, led by South Korea and China


Busan Port to Meet Thriving Cruise Demand

Busan Port unveils plans to fuel booming cruise sector; Korean government backs national cruise industry   In response to Northeast Asia’s rapidly growing attractiveness as a cruise destination, South Korea’s port of Busan is bringing new facilities on-stream this year and has


Korean Shipbuilders Maintain Top Spot

Image: DSME Co., Ltd

 South Korean shipbuilders, led by industry leader Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., clinched the largest amount of new orders in May, retaining the top spot for the fourth consecutive month, BusinessKorea reported based on industry sources, including Clarkson Research Services.  


USN, ROK Bolster Alliance in Silent Shark Exercise

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) pulls into Busan for a scheduled port visit

  The U.S. and the Republic of Korea navies are participating in Exercise Silent Shark 2015 in the vicinity of Guam. The exercise integrates U.S. and Republic of Korean anti-submarine warfare assets to bolster relations and interoperability.


North Korea Fires Anti-Ship Missiles

Photo: Korean Central News Agency

 North Korea has test-fired newly deployed anti-ship rockets -  three short-range KN-01 type missiles - with a reported range of 120km just weeks after the country claimed it tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile, , the North's media said.  


Caterpillar to Power 16 Korean Patrol Boats

Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

Caterpillar Marine has announced Cat power solutions have been selected to power 16 new build Patrol Boats for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). Each Patrol Boat will be equipped with two Cat C32 main propulsion diesel engines and two Cat C9 ship service diesel generators


GTT Records Order for 2 LNG Tankers

GTT receives a new order from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries for two LNGCs for Teekay   GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced it has received a new order for two LNG carriers (LNGCs) to be built


South Korea Tops in Shipbuild Orders

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co

 South Korean shipbuilders, led by industry leader Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., have secured the largest amount of new orders in the first six months of the year to retain the top slot, while the global shipbuilding industry saw new orders halve


Daewoo Shipbuilding Bags LNG Carrier Order

Photo: DSME

 South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering said it has received an order for a new LNG carrier from a ship management specialist Chandris of Greece.  The new deal calls for Daewoo to deliver the LNG vessel, able to carry 173,400 cubic meters of natural gas


Senat Shipping Disputes US Sanctions

Singapore-based Senat Shipping said on Friday it had done nothing illegal and that it was unreasonable to be put on a U.S. sanctions list for alleged connection with a blacklisted North Korean shipping company. The U.S. Department of Treasury on Thursday listed Senat






 
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