ROKS Seoul Launched on Navy’s 74th Anniversary

November 11, 2019 – South Korea launched a new frigate on Monday featuring advanced sonar and power systems to boost anti-submarine capabilities in coastal operations, the Navy said. The launch ceremony for the 2,800-ton FGG-II Seoul took place at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.’s shipyard in the southeastern port city of Ulsan, according to the Navy. It is the third frigate to be built under the project to secure a second batch of such vessels to replace the Navy’s aging frigates and patrol combat corvettes. The 122-meter-long ship is equipped with…

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New Zealand’s Largest Navy Ship Christened in South Korea

October 26, 2019 – Four of the more important words any Chief of Navy looks forward to hearing during their tenure are “I name this ship …” because it means a new addition to a navy fleet. Yesterday in Ulsan, South Korea, Rear Admiral David Proctor was delighted to hear Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy name the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) newest ship, Aotearoa at a ceremony at the Hyundai Shipyard. Just five months after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern named the RNZN’s replacement diving support and hydrographic vessel HMNZS Manawanui,…

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Philippine Navy to Receive Three Additional MPACs This Year

May 24, 2019 (PNA) – The Philippine Navy (PN) is expected to acquire another three multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) armed with the Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system this year. “We have another three (in the process of) building, and they are expected to be delivered this year. They will also be armed with the Spike-ER missiles,” PN flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) shortly after the launch of the missile frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150),…

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Hyundai Heavy Industries Receives Order for Two More Frigates

December 13, 2018 – Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group reports that it had beaten its 2018 annual target for shipbuilding orders before year’s end, recently concluding a contract to build two state-of-the-art frigates for the South Korean Navy. HHI announced today that Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has placed an order valued at KRW 633 billion (about $562 million) for two 2,800-ton class frigates. Capable of sailing at a maximum speed of 30 knots with an overall length of 122 meters and an overall beam of 14 meters, these…

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Final LST-II Class Delivered by Hyundai Ulsan

November 21, 2018 (Google Translation) – Defense Agency of Korea (ROK Wang Jung-hong) announced on Nov. 21 that Ulsan Hyundai Heavy Industries will deliver LST-II ‘Nonggulbong’ to the Navy. This is the fourth and final trap after the Chunghwa-bong and Il-hoon-bong caches, starting with the delivery of Chun-wang-bong, the first landing ship in November 2014. The performance of Nongpongbong improved the maneuver speed, loading capacity and ability to support long distance transportation compared to the conventional salaried land troops possessed by the existing Navy. The 4,900-ton nokibon ship can travel…

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Four More Frigates Needed to Secure PH Seas: Navy Chief

To fully protect the country’s vast maritime domains and resources, the Philippines needs four more modern frigates aside from the two contracted with South Korean shipbuilder, Hyudai Heavy Industries (HHI). This was the remark of Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad when asked how many more modern warships the Navy needs to fully secure the country’s maritime domains. Empedrad issued this statement during the Frigate Acquisition Project hearing at the Senate last Feb. 19 where issues concerning the brand of combat management system (CMS) to be installed were…

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Kelvin Hughes Radar for Philippine Frigate Project

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have contracted Kelvin Hughes to supply I Band and E/F Band SharpEye™ radars. The Philippine Navy Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP) was awarded to HHI in October 2016 to build two 2,600 ton frigates for hand over starting in 2020. Kelvin Hughes has announced it is to supply HHI two SharpEye™ navigation radars along with multifunction bridge radar displays for the Philippine Navy FAP. This follows the announcement by Kelvin Hughes in September that HHI contracted the company to supply the Integrated Navigation Bridge System (INBS) for…

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First-Cut-of-Steel Event for Aircraft Carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) at Newport News Shipbuilding

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division will hold a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event to kick off construction of the new aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80), the third ship of the Gerald R. Ford class. The ceremony is one of the very first construction milestones in the life of a ship. Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky, the ship’s sponsors, will participate in the event, along with shipbuilders, members of the U.S. Navy and local officials. CVN 80 will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier. Designed to replace Nimitz-class…

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