The Republic of Korea (RoK) Navy has received its first FFX-II-class guided-missile frigate, ROKS Daegu (FFG-81), during a ceremony held at the Okpo shipyard on Geoje Island near Busan, South Korea.
The delivery of the vessel by the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) was announced by South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in a statement released on Feb. 1.
The frigate, ROKS Daegu is expected to be operationally deployed from the second half of 2018.
ROKS Daegu (FFG-81)
ROKS Daegu is the lead ship of the Daegu-class guided-missile frigates being built by the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). A total of eight Daegu-class ships are planned.
The Daegu-class is an improvement of the preceding Incheon-class (FFX-I) frigate, and has otherwise been referred to as Incheon-class batch II, or FFX-II.
The FFX-II class vessels have a length of 122 m, beam of 14 m, a displacement of 3,650 tonnes at full load.
They are powered by one Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine engine, and two DRS PM motors powered by MTU 12V 4000 diesel-generator sets, in a combined diesel-electric or gas (CODLOG) configuration. The ship can attain a maximum speed of 30 kt.
The vessels are armed with one 127 mm MK 45 Mod 4 naval gun and one 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS).
It is equipped with a 16-cell Korean Vertical Launching System (K-VLS) that will be able to launch Cheolmae-2 air defense missile, Hong Sang Eo anti-submarine missile, and Haeseong-II and Hyunmoo-3 land attack cruise missiles (LACM).
There will also be a flight deck and larger hangar capable of accommodating a 10-ton helicopter.