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S. Korean Navy gets training-purpose ship

All News 09:54 December 29, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Navy received a ship specially designed for training purposes on Friday, the nation's arms agency said.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) delivered the multi-purpose training boat (MTB) to the Navy after trial operations. It's the first MTB for the Navy.

A local shipbuilder, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction, began the production of the 230-ton vessel, 45 meters long and 15 meters wide, in July 2015.

Carrying more than 10 crew members, it can support the firing drills of ship-born cannons and anti-aircraft guided missiles as well as electronic and submarine warfare exercises, according to DAPA.

The Navy plans to put it into service in January after a two-week familiarization period.

"The deployment of the MTB would enable our Navy to conduct a more scientific and safe training," said Moon Ki-jeong, a DAPA official in charge of the ship acquisition program.

South Korean Navy's new multi-purpose training boat is shown in this photo provided by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration. (Yonhap)

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