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S. Korean Navy Commissions Country’s 1st Locally-Developed 3,000-ton Submarine

Written: 2021-08-13 11:10:08Updated: 2021-08-13 15:31:14

South Korea's navy commissioned on Friday the Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarine, its first three-thousand-ton sub developed at home with the capability to carry submarine-launched ballistic missiles(SLBM). 

The Republic of Korea Navy said it held a commissioning ceremony in the Okpo Shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province. 

The Dosan Ahn Changho is reportedly equipped with six vertical launch system (VLS) tubes, which is a key feature that sets it apart from other naval submarines. Still, the Ministry of National Defense has yet to confirm any details about the vessel's armaments or its capacity to launch SLBMs.

With the latest submarine, South Korea has become the eighth nation in the world to develop its own sub that weighs three-thousand tons or more.  

Measuring 83-and-a-half meters in length and nine-point-six meters in width, the Dosan Ahn Changho will be deployed next August.

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