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Dokdo class

Amphibious assault ship

Dokdo class

The Dokdo class amphibious assault ships are the largest vessels in the South Korean Navy

 
 
Country of origin South Korea
Entered service 2007
Crew 450 men
Sea endurance ?
Dimensions and displacement
Length 199 m
Beam 31 m
Draught 6.5 m
Displacement, standard 14 340 tons
Displacement, full load 18 860 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 22 knots
Diesel generators ?
Electric motors ?
Cargo
Troops 700 marines
Vehicles 10 tanks and 7 APCs
Cargo ?
Landing craft
Landing craft 2 x LCAC
Aircraft
Fixed wing -
Helicopters 10 x CH-60
Armament
Missiles 21-cell RAM launcher
Artillery 2 x 30 mm Goalkeeper CIWS

 

   The Dokdo class amphibious assault ship evolved from Korean LPX project. These are the largest vessels in the ROK Navy. The lead ship is named after after the Dokdo Island. It is worth mentioning that there is a long standing dispute between Japan and South Korea over this island. The lead ship was ordered in 2002. It was commissioned with the South Korean navy in 2007. Another ship of the class is under construction. It was originally scheduled to enter service in 2010. However its construction was canalled and resumed once again. It is planned to be launched in 2020. The third ship of the class is planned.

   This new class of amphibious assault ships represents ambitions of previously little known South Korean Navy. It is also apparent response to the Chinese Naval buildup and Japanese development of Oosumi and Hyuga class helicopter carriers.

   The Dokdo class is similar to the larger US Wasp class. They are capable of over-the-horizon landing operations, using high-speed hovercraft and helicopters.

   Tne ship provides accommodation for one battalion of 700 marines, 10 tanks and 7 AAVs. Some sources report, that it is capable of carrying up to 200 trucks or other light vehicles. LCMs or LCACs are used to deliver troops and vehicles to shore. Two hovercraft are carried in the flooded stern deck.

   The Dokdo class supports up to 16 helicopters or tilt-rotors, however normal complement is 10. Aviation facilities consists of a flight deck, hangar and two elevators. With little modifications this ship could operate STOVL aircraft, such as the US F-35B.

   This vessel has all necessary equipment to serve as a flagship of the Korean Navy. It can be also used for disaster relief operations.

   Ship is armed with a single 21-cell RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) launcher, packed with short-range air defense missiles. Also there are two 30 mm Goalkeeper Close-In Weapon Systems. These are designed to engage incoming anti-ship missiles.

 

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
Dokdo (LPH 6111) ? 2005 2007

active, in service

Marado (LPH 6112) ? expected in 2020 ?

under construction

Bayengnyeong (LPH 6113) ? ? ?

planned

 

 

 

 
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