South Korea launches its sixth Daegu-class frigate under FFX-II program


The 6th Daegu-class frigate for the ROKN, named Pohang (825) and is scheduled for delivery in early 2023. Photo c/o ROKN.

South Korean naval shipbuilder Daewook Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has launched the sixth FFX-II Daegu-class guided missile frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN).

The launching ceremony was held on 08 September 2021 at DSME's Okpo shipyard, and was attended by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces Gen. Won In-cheol, and the ROKN's Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Boo Suk-jong.

The frigate, to be named ROKS Pohang (FFG-825) once commissioned with the ROKN, is scheduled for delivery in early 2023 after completing trial requirements.

The ship was said to be have improved detection and attack capabilities against surface and submarine targets, with enhanced anti-submarine capabilities.

A total of 8 ships are being constructed under the ROKN's FFX-II program, which are built by DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). 

The Daegu-class were built under the ROKN's FFX Batch II Program, are are improved versions of the Incheon-class frigates built under the FFX Batch I Program.

The frigates displaces at 3,650 tons full load, are 122 meters long and 14 meters wide, and are powered by four MTU 12V 4000 M53B diesel engines and a Rolls Royce MT30 gas turbine in Combined Diesel-Electric and Gas (CODLAG) configuration.

This hybrid propulsion system allows a maximum speed of 30 knots, and reduces underwater radiated noise which helps in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations.

The frigates are also armed with a 127mm Mk. 45 Mod 4 naval gun, a 20mm Phalanx Block 1B close in weapon system, eight SSM-700K Haeseong anti-ship missiles and two triple torpedo tubes, and a 16-cell Korean Vertical Launching System (K-VLS) capable of firing the Korean Surface to Air Anti-Missile (K-SAAM) air defense missile, the Hong Sang Eo anti-submarine rocket, and the SSM-701K Haeryong land attack cruise missiles.

[1] Naval News
[2] Navy Recognition 

South Korea launches its sixth Daegu-class frigate under FFX-II program South Korea launches its sixth Daegu-class frigate under FFX-II program Reviewed by Asia Pacific Defense Journal on September 09, 2021 Rating: 5

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