Monday, April 02, 2018

South Korean Navy's new 4,500-ton landing ship, the Ilchulbong

via Yonhapnews
 South Korea's Navy will take over a new 4,500-ton landing ship featuring speedier and larger-load operations on Monday, the state arms agency said.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) plans to hand over the Ilchulbong vessel to the Navy in a ceremony to be held at Hyundai Heavy Industries' shipyard in Ulsan.

It will be the Navy's third Cheonwangbong-class landing ship (LST-II) following the Cheonwangbong and Cheonjabong vessels. They are named after mountain peaks in South Korea.

The 127-meter-long Ilchulbong can sail at the maximum speed of 23 knots, with more than 130 crew members onboard.
Story here. 

We need better information on this ship.  The article gives a PATHETIC loadout and I know it has to be better.

Still it is interesting that in most navies in the Pacific the LPD (as its called in the US Navy) is still a highlighted ship and sought after.  I don't think anyone is following the USMC's example and going "air centric".

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