The Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy received its seventh Type 214 submarine Hong Beom-do at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Ulsan.
The KSS-II (or Son Won-Il) class submarine is named after an independence fighter during the colonial rule of Japan in the 1900s.
Hong Beom-do and sister boats are the Korean version of the Type 214 submarine developed by German ship-builder Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.
South Korea’s first air-independent submarines have a displacement of 1,800 tonnes and a crew of 40. Sailing at a maximum speed of 20 knots, they can dive up to 400 metres deep and last underwater for two weeks with fuel cells.
The ROK Navy will operate a total of nine 65.3-metre submarines built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.
The submarines are equipped with long-range, submarine-to-ground cruise missiles, torpedoes and mines featuring an automatic simultaneous target tracking system and a torpedo guidance and detection system.
The ROK Navy received the submarine less than two years after it was launched in March 2016.
The best maritime site on the web. The sea's our scene!