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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Korean Navy News

N.Korean Navy Incursion Draws Warning Shots

A North Korean patrol boat crossed into South Korean waters early on Monday and retreated after the South Korean navy fired warning shots, a South Korean military official said. The incursion came amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, a day after North Korea fired a long-range rocket carrying a satellite into space, a launch that South Korea and other countries consider to be a missile test in disguise. The patrol boat crossed the Northern Limit Line, which North Korea does not recognise, in the Yellow Sea to the west of the peninsula, at 6:55 a.m. (21:55 GMT) near Socheongdo island, the official said. Yonhap news agency said the patrol boat crossed despite warning communications from the South Korean navy…

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.

Making Friends: South Korean Admiral Tours China Warship

Similar Type 052C Class Destroyer: Photo in public domain

A South Korean Navy admiral toured a Chinese warship in a rare opening by Beijing to its People's Liberation Army vessel last week during U.S.-led Pacific RIMPAC maritime drills, according to Yonhap News Agency, citing China's defense ministry. Rear Adm. Yun Jeong-sang, who commands South Korean Navy vessels participating in the current RIMPAC multinational naval exercises, visited the Chinese guided-missile destroyer Haikou. Yun and other Korean officers were briefed about information on the Haikou destroyer and they were reportedly interested in and listened attentively to the introduction…

SAM Gets South Korean Navy Contract

SAM Electronics of Hamburg has been awarded a major contract for supply and installation of advanced degaussing systems aboard five of the South Korean Navy’s new KDX-II frigates being built at the Daewoo and Hyundai yards. An option for equipping two further vessels is pending. Featuring either manual or automatic control in master/slave modes, the computer-controlled systems basically comprise a degaussing control unit (DCU), a power supply assembly and a magnetic probe facility for acquisition of magnetic earth fields relative to ship’s coordinates. Each is additionally characterised by a reduced number of coil cables, so allowing for significant reductions in weight and costs of cabling. Other main advantages include an enhanced capability for magnetic calibration during ranging.

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, President & CEO of HHI; and 100 other guests. The MLS-II Nampo is both HHI and Korea’s second minelayer following MLS-560 Wonsan that was delivered in 1997 and are currently in operation. The MLS-II Nampo which can carry 120 crew measures 114 meters in length, 17 meters in width and 28 meters in depth with a displacement of 3,000 tons.

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. (Source: AFP)

Korea’s First Aegis Destroyer Launched

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) completed and launched Korea’s first 7,600-ton class Aegis destroyer. The launching ceremony for the ship was held May 25, 2007. In attendance were President Roh Mu-hyun, First Lady Kwon Yang-sook, Minister of Defense Kim Jang-soo, Chief of Naval Operations Song Young-moo, Chairman of the Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Kim Kwan-jin, commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration Lee Sun-hee, Mayor of Ulsan Park Maeng-woo, CEO of HHI Choi Kil-seon, and 350 other guests at HHI's Special and Naval Shipbuilding Yard in Ulsan, Korea. The destroyer was named Sejongdaewang-Ham after the legendary king of the Chosun Dynasty who strived to protect his people and his kingdom by fortifying that nation’s defenses.

Thales Gets $54M Contract for South Korean Navy

Thales Nederland has signed a contract for the delivery of five Goalkeeper systems to the Korean Navy. The total contract value is about $54 million. The systems are to be delivered within 28 months. Two Goalkeepers will be installed on the LPX (Landing Platform). This ship is scheduled to be launched in March 2005 and will be operational in June 2007. The other three Goalkeepers are destined for the three KDXII - Batch 2 destroyers, for which the contracts for the Combat Direction System, including sensors, were signed earlier this year. With this order, the total number of Goalkeepers supplied to the Korean Navy will be 14. Goalkeeper is Thales' answer to the need for close-in defense of ships against highly manoeuvrable missiles and aircraft.

Ten North Korean Ships Violate Sea Border

Ten North Korean ships, including a patrol boat, briefly violated the western sea border with South Korea on Sunday, according to AP reports. The North's patrol boat crossed the frontier as it tried to usher back nine small boats that strayed into South Korean waters. It wasn't clear why the nine boats crossed the border, according to the report. North Korean boats periodically enter waters controlled by South Korea, and South Korean navy ships occasionally respond with warning shots. The navies of the two Koreas fought deadly skirmishes in the western sea in 1999 and 2002. Source: Associated Press

Northrop Grumman Wins Korean Navy Hovercraft Deal

Northrop Grumman Corporation won a contract from General Marine Business Inc. Korea (GMB) to supply an integrated cockpit navigation and control system for the Republic of Korea Navy’s new LSF-II program, a high-speed hovercraft landing ship. The firm fixed-price commercial contract, valued at $5.6 million, for the delivery of the first two craft in 2006, was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit.

Korean Navy Launches New Submarine

Korea launched a new submarine on Friday. The 214 class Sohn Won-il was launched from Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan. The Shon Won-il accommodates a crew of 40. The 214 comes with a $350m price tag, and the Navy plans to acquire nine of them by around 2020.

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)

Korea Warship Order Helps DSME Best 2013 Target

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has clinched a 322.6 billion won (US$305.8 million) deal to build a frigate that will help it exceed its 2013 order target of $13 billion, reports Yonhap News Agency. Citing DSME, Yonhap informs that the contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration entails building and delivering the warship to the South Korean Navy by 2017. The latest contract leaves Daewoo Shipbuilding with cumulative orders of 57 ships and offshore plants worth $13.6 billion for this year. Source: Yonhap News Agency

Thai Navy Orders New Warship From DSME

Kwanggaeto-class warship: Photo credit USN

The 3,700-ton frigate will be built in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. as a modernized version of the Kwanggaeto-class destroyer of the Korean Navy, reports Xinhua. Thailand has ordered the South Korean-built frigate which will cost some US$ 486-million, with a delivery date set for 2018. The Thai cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, approved the Thai navy's plan to procure the South Korean frigate with installment payments spreading from next fiscal year until fiscal 2018, reports Xinhua.

Atlas Elektronik New Subsidiary in Korea

The Atlas Elektronik Group continues on its course of expansion: The Germany based company sets up the subsidiary Atlas Naval Engineering Company (ANEC) in Yangsan City, Republic of Korea. ANEC will be a design and development partner for the Korean Agency for Defence Development (ADD) and the Ministry of Defence. By establishing its subsidiary ATLAS intends to intensify its relationship with the Korean Navy and will also enhance its presence on the Korean market and towards its customers. ANEC’s main tasks are the technical services, program management, marketing and sales, engineering support and In-Service-Support of existing Atlas systems in Korea.

Daewoo to Build Korean Aegis Destroyer

According to reports, the Korean military acquisition agency yesterday selected Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. to build the country's second Aegis-equipped destroyer, officials at the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said. They said the DAPA will sign an official contract with Daewoo next month. Daewoo is expected to deliver the destroyer to the Navy by the end of 2010. The contract is part of the Korean Navy's KDX-III program to develop warships equipped with the U.S. missile combat system. The military will invest more than $3.2b to build three Aegis ships by 2012. The 7,000-ton vessel is equipped with long and mid-range vessel-to-air missiles, ship-to-ship missiles and torpedoes. Source: Korea Herald

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. The units participating in Silent Shark include the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), a Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine, a Republic of Korea submarine, and several maritime control and reconnaissance aircraft from the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. Silent Shark provides an opportunity to utilize submarine vs.

Netherlands Navy Chooses Thordon

Caption: Composite image of patrol vessel for Royal Netherlands navy to be equipped with Thordon seawater lubricated COMPAC propeller shaft bearings. Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, Netherlands will fit Thordon seawater lubricated Compac propeller shaft bearings to four Patrol Vessels that will be built for the Royal Netherlands Navy. With a 30 year history of supplying seawater lubricated bearings to many of the world’s navies, the Thordon Compac bearing system offers operational and wear performance…

S. Korean Navy Joins Multinational Sub Exercise

The South Korean Navy's 1,300-ton submarine Lee Eokgi is participating in a multinational naval exercise designed to promote cooperation and interoperability in the submarine rescue arena in Asian waters, Navy officials said. The Pacific Reach 2007, held in the waters off the HMAS Stirling Naval base in Western Australia from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7, brings nine Asia-Pacific naval forces together to improve submarine rescue capabilities and make them familiar with each other's submarine rescue equipment. The drill is also aimed at developing new submarine rescue techniques. Other participating nations are the United States, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, China and Malaysia.

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. Since 2000, DSME and CAE have collaborated on two other KDX-II vessels. "The DSME shipyard and the ROKN are longstanding customers, and this contract certainly reinforces CAE's position as a key supplier," said Rashid Khan, CAE's executive vice-president for marine control systems.

Marine Jet Power Awarded Repeat Order for Korean Navy

Photo: MJP

Marine Jet Power has been awarded a repeat order to supply waterjets to another 3 units Patrol Killer Experimental (PKX-B) fast attack craft for the Korean Navy. Last year, South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) launched the first unit which is currently undergoing sea trials. The propulsion system comprises a MJP 950 single drive and MJP 650 double drive waterjet installation. Powered by General Electric's 12 000 hp LM 500 gas-turbine engines and Caterpillar Marine's 1 900 hp CAT C32 diesel engines in a combined diesel and gas turbine configuration…

Rolls-Royce Delivers Generator Sets to Korea Navy Destroyer

Rolls-Royce delivered the first three gas turbine generator sets which will provide the main electrical power system for the Republic of Korea Navy’s first 7,000-tonne destroyer, designated KDX-III. The first AG9140RF gas turbine generator set was produced at the Rolls-Royce Indianapolis plant, and the other two were assembled by Samsung Techwin from Rolls-Royce supplied kits. The first KDX-III destroyer, which is currently under construction, will be delivered to the Korean Navy by the end of 2008. Another six generator sets, being assembled by Samsung Techwin from Rolls-Royce supplied kits, will be supplied to the other two KDX-III destroyers that are scheduled to be built The alternator for the generator set is planned to be produced by Hyundai under license.

Six New Subs for Turkey

On July 2, 2009, a contract was signed in Ankara by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG (TKMS), and MarineForce International LLP (MFI) for the construction of six submarines within the Turkish “New Type Submarine” program. The contract comprises the delivery of six material packages for the construction of submarines based on Class 214. The contract was concluded between the HDW/MFI Consortium and the Turkish defense procurement authority.

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