We finally have a picture of ASR-II, the Republic of Korea Navy’s latest submarine rescue ship. Its official hull designation is ASR-22.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration approved the ASR-II program in 2015 to replace the aging ROKS Cheonghaejin (ASR-21), the ROKN’s sole submarine rescue ship, which entered service in 1996.
ASR-II is 20m longer and has 2,000 tons greater displacement than ASR-I. It is equipped with the latest DSRV (Deep-submergence rescue vehicle) which is launched and recovered through the vessel’s center well. It can also refuel and resupply friendly submarines. Both ASR-I and ASR-II are built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).
Construction of ASR-II commenced in July, 2020 and is expected to be commissioned by 2023.