Korea Navy Rescue Ship Launched at DSME

The Chosunilbo
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Korea's first naval rescue and salvage ship launched at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard.

The 3,500-ton Tongyeong will go through a series of tests before being handed over to the Navy next year.

The Navy's older rescue ships, the Pyeongtaek and the Gwangyang, were second-hand, bought from the U.S. Navy in 1996 having been originally built in the 1970s. 

The new rescue ship will take only a day to reach outlying islands Yeongpyeong and Baeknyeong in the West Sea, which is half the time taken by the older vessels.

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