NOVEMBER 14, 2014 — Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, yesterday held a launch ceremony at its Ulsan, South Korea, shipyard for its fifth frigate, ROKS Jeonbuk.
The ceremony was attended by the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mr. Hwang Ki-chul, governor of Northern Jeolla Province Mr. Kim Wan-ju, Hyundai Heavy’s president & CEO Mr. Lee Jai-seong and other government and military officials.
The frigate has greatly improved weapon and sensors capabilities including new 3-D radar, antiaircraft and antiship missiles, and sonar and torpedo acoustic counter measures.
The vessel uses stealth technology to minimize the exposure to electromagnetic waves. More than 90% of major equipment is locally developed and sourced.
The 2,300 tonne frigate, measuring 114 m long, 14 m wide, and 25 m deep, can sail at a maximum speed of 30 knots with a crew of 120. The frigate will be delivered to the Korean Navy in December 2014.
The shipbuilder delivered its third frigate ROKS Incheon in January this year, while its fourth, ROKS Gyeonggi, scheduled to be delivered in October 2014.
Since constructing and delivering the first Korean-built frigate ROKS Ulsan in 1980, Hyundai Heavy has delivered 63 naval ships including the five frigates, the first and the third Korean Aegis destroyers, three KDX-II destroyers, five frigates, three submarines, and 29 patrol vessels.