South Korean Navy formally commissions Daegu-class frigate ROKS Gyeongnam
On 4 January, the Republic of Korea Navy formally commissioned its second Daegu-class ROKS Gyeongnam frigate (FFG-819), the ROK Armed Forces announced.
On June 21, 2019, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering launched ROKS Gyenognam (DSME).
A result of the FFX Batch-II program, which outlines the construction of eight 2,800 tons (empty) frigates to replace aging corvettes and frigates used for coastal service, is the Daegu class frigate. It is a much improved version of the smaller frigate of the Incheon class (FFX Batch-I).
Her class's lead ship was launched in 2016 and commissioned in 2018. As of 2021, there were 4 out of 8 frigates launched in total. Larger and more capable frigate programs for FFX Batch-III and IV are also underway well into the 2020s and 30s.
The frigates of Batch-II are an improved version of the Incheon-class. The displacement of FFX Batch II frigates is approx 2,800 tons (3,593 tons full load). The frigate is 122 metres long, 14 metres wide and 34 metres tall.
In order to deploy K-SAAM, Hong Sang Eo anti-submarine missile, and Haeryong tactical land attack cruise missiles, they are equipped with a 16-cell Korean vertical launching system (K-VLS).
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