Republic of Korea Navy commissions 2nd Daegu-class frigate

The Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) has commissioned ROKS Gyeongnam (FFG-819), the second of eight Daegu-class guided missile frigates.

The commissioning ceremony took place at Jinhae Naval Base on 4 January 2021.

Photo: the Republic of Korea Navy

Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) launched the frigate in June 2019. The navy received the newbuild on 31 December 2020.

FFX II vessels are improved Incheon-class (FFX) frigates. At 2,800 tons, Daegu-class ships displace 500 tons more than their predecessors and measure 122 meters in length.

The second batch frigates are being equipped with a 16-cell Korean vertical launching system for defense against air threats and six torpedo tubes for anti-submarine warfare. This class is the first warship equipped with a hybrid diesel-electric of gas propulsion system. Powered by Rolls-Royce’s MT30 gas turbines, the frigates are capable of reaching speeds of 30 knots.

Daegu and sister ships will carry a towed array sonar system (TASS) in addition to naval guns and a Phalanx close-in weapon system.

The frigates are intended for a variety of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare, patrol, surveillance, search and rescue and exclusive economic zone protection.

Back in 2018, ROKN took delivery of the first of eight Daegu-class units, ROKS Daegu (FFG-818), from DSME.

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