South Korean Navy commissions first KSS-3 submarine

MARITIME SECURITY WEEK
ROKS Dosan Ahn Changho, the South Korean Navy's first KSS-3 ballistic missile submarine, during its commissioning ceremony on August 13, 2021 (Photo: DSME)

The South Korean Navy commissioned a new diesel-electric submarine into service in a ceremony on Friday, August 13.

The 3,000-tonne, 83.5-metre ROKS Dosan Ahn Changho is the lead boat of four KSS-3 class submarines built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Besides torpedoes, the submarine’s armament will also include anti-ship missiles, land attack cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles.

Dosan Ahn Changho will undergo further operational testing before it sails on its first deployment in August 2022.

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