South Korean Navy Launches New Frigate

In an effort to modernize its naval fleet, the South Korean Navy has launched a new guided missile frigate named Gwangju.

This is the sixth in a series of 20 vessels ordered by the Navy to be delivered by 2020. The new frigates are expected to replace the country’s old frigates and corvettes.

Gwangju will be handed over to the South Korean Navy by the end of 2016, after it completes its sea trials.

According to Korea Times, the vessel will undertake patrolling and defending tasks in South Korea’s waters.

With a crew of 120, the 2,300 ton frigate will be able reach a maximum speed of 30 knots.

Naval Today Staff, Image: South Korean Navy