South Korea received first FFX II
- February 6, 2018
The ROK Navy received its first of eight Daegu-class (FFX II) frigates.
It is the first vessel produced in South Korea’s second guided missile frigate acquisition program, code-named Ulsan-class Batch-II.
Its construction began in December 2013 by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, a local shipbuilder. The delivery ceremony was held at its shipyard in Geoje Island, South Gyeongsang Province.
The Daegu-class features enlarged hull compared to Incheon-class, while its superstructure is designed to further minimise the radar cross section.
Each Daegu vessel has an overall length of 122m, an overall beam of 14m, depth moulded of 7.4m, and draught of 4.15m. The standard and full-load displacements are 2,800t and 3,600t respectively. The FFX-II series frigates can accommodate up to 120 personnel and are controlled from the wheelhouse located amidships.
The Daegu-class has an enclosed helicopter hangar with accommodation and a helicopter deck on the stern to support the operation of one naval helicopter of AW159 Wildcat or Super Lynx type.
The Navy plans to put it in combat operation in the latter half of this year after training a crew and making other preparations.