Cheon Wang Bong-class LST

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2013. 9. 천왕봉함 진수식 Rep. of Korea Navy ROK Ship Chunwangbong Launching Ceremony (9732841805).jpg
Class overview
Name: Cheon Wang Bong class
Builders: Hanjin Heavy Industries, Hyundai Heavy Industries
Operators:  Republic of Korea Navy
Built: 2014 -
In service: 2014 - present
In commission: 2014 - present
Planned: 4
Completed: 1
Active: 3
General characteristics
Type: Landing Ship, Tank
Tonnage: 4,950 tons (empty) / 7,140 tons (full)
Length: 126.9 m (416 ft)
Beam: 19.4 m (64 ft)
Draught: 5.4 m (18 ft)
Installed power: 12,800 hp (9,500 kW)
Propulsion: CODAD, 4 × MAN 12V28/33D STC diesel engines rated at 5460 kW, 4 x 6L21/31 auxiliary engines rated 1,200 kW [1]
Speed:
  • 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph) maximum
  • 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) cruising
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x LCM
Troops: 300
Crew: 120
Sensors and
processing systems:
Armament: 1 × Hanwha Defense Systems (formerly Doosan DST) 'No Bong' dual 40mm gun, 2 x K-VLS
Armor: LIG Nex1 SLQ-200K Sonata electronic warfare suite, Rheinmetall MASS decoy system[2]
Aviation facilities: Aft helicopter deck

The Cheon Wang Bong-class LST (Hangul: 천왕봉급 전차상륙함, Hanja: 天王峰級戰車上陸艦) is an amphibious landing ship class of the Republic of Korea Navy.

Development[edit]

In the late 1980s the Republic of Korea Navy decided to gradually replace its aging fleet of World War II-era LST-542-class LSTs (renamed Un Bong-class LST) purchased from the US Navy in 1958. A three phase plan was laid out to develop new landing ships to meet the demands of modern amphibious and transport operations.

The first phase was designated as the LST-I project, and development and design started in 1987 by Korea Tacoma, currently Hanjin Heavy Industries. After 4 years of development, the lead ship Go Jun Bong (LST 681) was launched in 1991. Three more ships followed and all four ships were commissioned by 1998.

The second phase, or LST-II, was originally planned to import four Newport-class tank landing ships, but after being postponed due to budget issues, it was changed in favor for domestic built 4500-ton LPDs to be commissioned by 2013-2016.[3] After the construction of the first vessel, a follow-on contract for four additional vessels were awarded to Hyundai Heavy Industries in December 2013.[4]

Ships in the class[edit]

Name Pennant number Builder Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Status
ROKS Cheon Wang Bong LST-686 Hanjin Heavy Industries 11 September 2013 1 December 2014 Active
ROKS Cheon Ja Bong LST-687 Hyundai Heavy Industries 15 December 2015 1 August 2017 Active
ROKS Il Chul Bong LST-688 Hyundai Heavy Industries 25 October 2016 2 April 2018 Active
ROKS No Jeok Bong LST-689 Hyundai Heavy Industries 2 November 2017 November 2018 Launched

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