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Gwanggaeto the Great-class Destroyer

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The ROKS Yang Manchun (DDH-973) underway being supplied by a USN HH-46D Sea Knight helicopter in March 2002.
The Gwanggaeto the Great-class destroyers (Hangul: 광개토대왕급 구축함), often called KD-I class, are destroyers, but are classified by some as frigates, operated by the Republic of Korea Navy. It was the first phase of ROKN's KDX program, in moving the ROK Navy from a coastal defense force to a blue-water navy.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Destroyer
  • Serve Period: 1998-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 444 feet 7 inches (135.51 meters)
    • Beam: 46 feet 7 inches (14.2 meters)
    • Draft: 13 feet 9 inches (4.2 meters)
    • Displacement: 3,885–3,900 tonnes (3,824–3,838 tons) Full Load
  • Crew: 286
  • Propulsion: 2 x General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 x Sangyong 20V 956 TB 82 diesel engines, 2 shafts
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AN/SPS-49(V) 2D air search radar
    • Signaal MW 08 surface search radar
    • Daewoo SPS-95k navigation radar
    • Signaal STIR 180 Fire control radars x 2
    • ATLAS DSQS-21BZ Hull mounted sonar
  • Countermeasures
    • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo countermeasures suite
    • ARGOSystems AR 700 and APECS 2 ECM
    • CSEE DAGAIE MK.2 Chaff Launchers x 4
  • Armament:
    • 1 x OTO Melara 5"/54-caliber naval gun
    • 2 x Signaal 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS
    • 2 x 4-cell Mk.141 Harpoon SSM Launchers
    • 1 x 16-cell Mk.48 Mod 2 VLS (fires RIM-7P Sea Sparrow SAMs)
    • 2 x 12.75" triple fire torpedo tubes (fires Mk.46 torpedoes)
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Westland Super Lynx

Unit Run[edit]

  • ROKS Gwangaetto the Great (DDH-971)
  • ROKS Eulji Mundeok (DDH-972)
  • ROKS Yang Manchun (DDH-973)
  • ROKS Ji Cheong-cheon (DDH-974)
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