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Navy receives new anti-submarine warfare frigate

All News 11:46 December 31, 2020

SEOUL, Dec. 31 (Yonhap) -- A new guided missile frigate boasting enhanced anti-submarine warfare capabilities was delivered to the Navy on Thursday, the arms procurement agency said.

The 2,800-ton Gyeongnam ship features stealth design and is equipped with a towed array sonar system (TASS) and long-range anti-submarine torpedoes, which improves its detection and strike capabilities, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

It also adopts a hybrid electric drive propulsion system, which reduces noise and enables rapid maneuvers, it added.

The vessel has been built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. since 2016 as a second frigate under the country's Batch-II new frigate acquisition project. The first one is the frigate Daegu, which was delivered to the Navy in 2018.

"We are working to construct six more frigates of this second batch version and plan to deliver them to the Navy by 2023," a DAPA official said.

This image provided by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on Dec. 31, 2020, shows South Korea's new guided missile frigate Gyeongnam. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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