List of active Republic of Korea Navy ships

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This is a List of active Republic of Korea Navy ships. The South Korean navy employs the US Navy-style letter based hull classification symbols to designate the types of its ships and hull numbers to uniquely identify its vessels (e.g. DDH 975). The ship prefix for the ROK Navy ship is ROKS (Republic of Korea Ship) when the names of ships are written in English. There are some 130 commissioned ships (total displacement of approx. 320,000 tons) including 13 submarines, 12 destroyers and frigates, 18 corvettes, 72 patrol vessels and at least 6 auxiliaries.[1] The names of ships are that of the historical figures, provinces, cities, counties, peaks, lakes, islands, and birds. The Chief of Naval Operations selects the names of ships.[2]

For a list of historic ships, see List of ships of the Republic of Korea Navy.

Submarine fleet[edit]

  • South Korean navies do not use the number '0', '4' when assigning Pennant numbers to their ships. In Korea, there is a superstitious belief that '4' is an unlucky number (much like Friday the 13th in the West). '0' is also considered as bad luck. There are two exceptions, though - MLS 560 Wonsan and submarines.[3]

Submarines[edit]

Class Picture Origin Pennant Versions Commissioned Builder Displacement submerged Note
Submarines (16 in Service)
Chang Bogo-class
(Project name; KSS-I)
US Navy 100707-N-7200S-207 ROKS Lee Eokgi (SS 071) leads a formation of U.S. and coalition forces during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises.jpg  Germany
 South Korea
SS 061
SS 062
SS 063
SS 065
SS 066
SS 067

SS 068
SS 069
SS 071

Batch I





Batch II
1993
1994
1995
1995
1996
1997

2000
2000
2001
Germany Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Daewoo S&ME

South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Daewoo S&ME

1,415 tonnes





1,450+ tonnes






Batch-2 submarines are capable of launching UGM-84L Sub Harpoon missiles.[4]
Son Wonil-class
(Project name; KSS-II)
안중근함 진수 (7438347942).jpg  Germany
 South Korea
SS 072
SS 073
SS 075

SS 076
SS 077
SS 078

SS 079
SS 081
SS 082
Batch I



Batch II



Batch III
2007
2008
2009

2014
2016
2017

2018
2018
2019
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries

South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME

South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
1,860 tonnes

Surface fleet[edit]

Amphibious assault ships, landing ships[edit]

Class Picture Builder Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Amphibious assault ships (1 in Service)
Dokdo-class LPH 해군 독도함 (7438321572).jpg South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries LPH 6111 Dokdo
LPH 6112 Marado
2007
2020
18,800 tonnes 1 launched
Landing ships (7 in Service)
Go Jun Bong-class LST ROK LST682 behind a LCAC.jpg South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries LST 681 Go Jun Bong
LST 682 Bi Ro Bong
LST 683 Hyang Ro Bong
LST 685 Sung In Bong
1994
1998
1999
1999
4,300 tonnes
Cheon Wang Bong-class LST 2013. 9. 천왕봉함 진수식 Rep. of Korea Navy ROK Ship Chunwangbong Launching Ceremony (9732841805).jpg South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
LST 686 Cheon Wang Bong
LST 687 Cheon Ja Bong
LST 688 Il Chul Bong
LST 689 No Jeok Bong
2014
2017
2018
2019
7,140 tonnes
Landing crafts (8 in Service)
Mulgae-class LCU South Korea Korea Takoma Shipyard LCU 81
LCU 82
LCU 83
LCU 85
LCU 86
1980s 415~442 tonnes 7 removed from service.
New Mulgae-class LCU South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries LCU 87
LCU 88
LCU 89
2010s 940 tonnes 3 more to be built.[5]

Destroyers[edit]

Class Picture Builder Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Destroyers (12 in Service)
Gwanggaeto the Great-class destroyer
(project name; KDX-I)
2009년5월15일 해군 1함대훈련 (7193824738).jpg South Korea Daewoo S&ME DDH 971 Gwanggaeto the Great
DDH 972 Eulji Mundeok
DDH 973 Yang Manchun
1998
1999
2000
3,900 tonnes
Chungmugong Yi Sun-shin-class
(project name; KDX-II)
ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH 976).jpg South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
DDH 975 Yi Sun-sin
DDH 976 Munmu the Great
DDH 977 Dae Jo-yeong
DDH 978 Wang Geon
DDH 979 Gang Gam-chan
DDH 981 Choe Yeong
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
5,520 tonnes 6 KDX-IIIA to be built
Sejong the Great-class destroyer
(project name; KDX-III)
2008년9월27일 해군 세종대왕함기동 (1) (7193823614).jpg South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
DDG 991 Sejong the Great
DDG 992 Yulgok Yi I
DDG 993 Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong
2008
2010
2012
11,000 tonnes 3 more to be built.[6]

Frigates[edit]

Class Picture Builder Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Frigates (13 in Service)
Ulsan-class frigate Port view of ROK ship Kyong Buk (FF 956) near San Diego, CA.jpeg South Korea Korea Takoma Shipyard
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
FF 955 Masan
FF 956 Kyeongbuk
FF 957 Jeonnam
FF 958 Jeju
FF 959 Busan
FF 961 Cheongju
1985
1986
1988
1990
1993
1993
2,350 tonnes Being phased out, to be replaced by Ulsan II-class frigates. (3 removed from service.)[7]
Incheon-class frigate
(project name; Ulsan-II batch I,FFX-batch I)
20130626 대한해협 전승행사 (4) (9460603621).jpg South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
FFG 811 Incheon
FFG 812 Gyeonggi
FFG 813 Jeonbuk
FFG 815 Gangwon
FFG 816 Chungbuk
FFG 817 Gwangju
2013
2014
2015
2015
2016
2016
3,251 tonnes
Daegu-class frigate
(project name; Ulsan-II batch II,FFX-batch II)
[1] South Korea Daewoo S&ME FFG 818 Daegu 2018 3,592 tonnes FFX-II is the first South Korean warship to be fitted with DRS Hybrid Electric Drive system, coupled with Rolls-Royce MT-30 gas turbine engine for CODLAG integrated full-electric propulsion.[8]
7 more to be built.

Corvettes[edit]

Class Picture Builder Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Corvettes (14 in Service)
Pohang-class corvette 2010.5.27 해군 2함대 전대기동 및 실사격훈련 (7445516228).jpg South Korea Korea Takoma Shipyard
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Korea Shipbuilding Corporation
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Korea Takoma Shipyard
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
South Korea Korea Takoma Shipyard
South Korea Korea Shipbuilding Corporation
South Korea Korea Takoma Shipyard
PCC 767 Suncheon
PCC 768 Iksan
PCC 769 Wonju
PCC 771 Andong
PCC 773 Bucheon
PCC 775 Seongnam
PCC 776 Jecheon
PCC 777 Daecheon
PCC 778 Sokcho
PCC 779 Yeongju
PCC 781 Namwon
PCC 782 Gwangmyeong
PCC 783 Sinseong
PCC 785 Gongju
1989
1989
1989
1988
1990
1990
1990
1991
1991
1991
1991
1991
1992
1993
1,200 tonnes Being phased out, to be replaced by Incheon-class frigates. (9 removed from service.)[7]

Patrol vessels[edit]

Class Picture Builder Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Patrol vessels
Chamsuri-class patrol boat 2010. 7. 동해 한미연합 훈련 Rep. of Korea Navy korea us combine training (7554655104).jpg South Korea Korea Takoma Shipyard
South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries
South Korea Daewoo S&ME
PKM 2XX~3XX
≈50 in service
1978–1994 170 tonnes ROKN received a total of 108, being phased out and to be replaced by PKG-A and PKG-B-class patrol vessels
Gumdoksuri-class patrol vessel
(project name; PKX-A)
2012년 3월 해군 조천형 영주기동(2) (7219730384).jpg
2012. 9. 서해 NLL해상경계 Rep. of Korea Navy NLL Maritime Security in the western sea (8031753530).jpg
2014.6.20 해군 1함대 동해상 전투탄 실사격 훈련 Republic of Korea navy (14300204639).jpg
South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries
South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries
South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries
South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries
South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries
South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
South Korea STX Offshore & Shipbuilding
PKG 711 Yoon Youngha
PKG 712 Han Sanggook
PKG 713 Jo Chunhyung
PKG 715 Hwang Dohyun
PKG 716 Suh Hoowon
PKG 717 Park Donghyuk
PKG 718 Hyun Sihak
PKG 719 Jung Geungmo
PKG 721 Ji Deokchil
PKG 722 Lim Byeongrae
PKG 723 Hong Siuk
PKG 725 Hong Daeseon
PKG 726 Han Munsik
PKG 727 Kim ChangHak
PKG 728 Park Dongjin
PKG 729 Kim Soohyun
PKG 733 Lee Byungchul
PKG 732 Jeon Byeongik
2008
2011
2011
2012
2011
2011
2011
2011
2011
2013
2013
2013
2014
2014
2014
2014
2014
2018
570 tonnes The Gumdoksuri class has the Pump-jet propulsion system aside from the CODAG.[9]
Chamsuri II-class patrol boat
(project name; PKX-B)
[2] South Korea Hanjin Heavy Industries PKMR 211 2017 250 tonnes The Chamsuri II class has the Pump-jet propulsion system aside from the CODAG.[10]
33 more to be built.[11]

Mine countermeasure[edit]

Class Picture Builder Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Mine countermeasure vessels (11 in Service)
Wonsan-class
(MLS: Minelayer, Support Ship)
2013. 11. 한미 연합 기뢰전 훈련 Republic of Korea Navy (10917179044).jpg South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries MLS 560 Wonsan 1998 3,300 tonnes
Nampo-class
(MLS: Minelayer, Support Ship)
[3] South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries MLS 570 Nampo 2017 4,240 tonnes
Ganggyeong-class
(MHC: Minehunter Coastal)
DN-SC-97-01586.JPEG South Korea Kangnam corporation MHC 561 Ganggyeong
MHC 562 Gangjin
MHC 563 Goryeong
MHC 565 Gimpo
MHC 566 Gochang
MHC 567 Kumhwa
1986
1991
1991
1993
1993
1994
520 tonnes Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) monocoque hull structure
Yangyang-class
(MSH: Minesweeper Hunter)
2012. 9. 인천상륙작전 전승행사 Rep. of Korea Navy 62th Anniversary of Incheon Landing Operation (7998836744).jpg South Korea Kangnam corporation MSH 571 Yangyang
MSH 572 Ongjin
MSH 573 Haenam
1999
2003
2004
880 tonnes Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) monocoque hull structure

Auxiliary fleet[edit]

Class Picture Builder Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Auxiliary vessels (7 in Service)
Soyang-class
(project name; AOE-II)
[4] South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries AOE 51 Soyang 2018 23,000 tonnes
Cheonji-class
(project name; AOE-I)
2011.11.22 해군 2011 순항훈련전단 (7633935838).jpg South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries AOE 57 Cheonji
AOE 58 Daocheong
AOE 59 Hwacheon
1992
1998
1998
9,180 tonnes
Chung Haejin-class
(Submarine Rescue Ship)
2014.4 세월호 구조 작전 (13979529595).jpg South Korea Daewoo S&ME ASR 21 Chung Haejin 1996 4,300 tonnes
Tongyeong-class
(Salvage and Rescue Ship)
2012. 9. 통영함 진수식 Rep. of Korea Navy Launching ceremoney of ATS2 (7998813277).jpg South Korea Daewoo S&ME ATS 31 Tongyeong
ATS 32 Gwangyang
2014
2016
4,700 tonnes ROKS Gwangyang(ATS 32) is a Tongyeong-class rescue and salvage ship, the second Republic of Korea Navy ship of that name.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Security Environment Surrounding Japan" (PDF). mod.go.jp. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ "함정 명명식". Republic of Korea Navy Official Website. Retrieved May 11, 2007.
  3. ^ "한국 해군은 어떤 함정을 갖고 있는가". 동아일보 이정훈 기자의 안보마당. 2013-09-16. 
  4. ^ "ROKN Chang Bogo Class Submarines, South Korea". naval-technology.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  5. ^ "500톤급 신형 군수지원정(LCU) 물개급". 팬저의 국방여행. 
  6. ^ "Republic of Korea – Aegis Combat System" (PDF). Defense Security Cooperation Agency. 2015-06-09. 
  7. ^ a b "국산 1세대 전투함 '충남함' 32년 임무 완수하고 전역". yonhapnews.co.kr. Retrieved 2017-12-27. 
  8. ^ "Rolls-Royce secures a further Italian Navy order for MT30 gas turbines". mpropulsion.com. 
  9. ^ "[한국의 무기 이야기] ⑥ 윤영하급 유도탄고속함". 세계일보. 2014-11-25. 
  10. ^ "South Korea launches first PKX-B missile craft". janes.com. 2016-09-29. 
  11. ^ "GE Showcases Innovative and Efficient Solutions for the Maritime Industry at SMM". General Electric. 2014-09-09. 
  12. ^ "우윤근 "차기 해군함정 이름은 광양함" 기사등록 일시 [2015-03-31 20:17:38]". newsis.com. 2015-03-31. 

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