New LPH for S. Korea

Marado LPH launched.

South Korea changes mission for its newly launched assault ship

SEOUL, South Korea ― The South Korean Navy launched its second 14,500-ton Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship on May 14 as the landing vessel’s mission shifts more toward blue-water operations than countering North Korea, whose relations with the South has been improving following the April 27 cross-border summit.

Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, the Landing Platform Helicopter, named after Marado ― South Korea’s southernmost island ― features improved design and defense systems compared to those aboard the Dokdo ship commissioned in 2007, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, or DAPA.

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