Sariwon-class corvette

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Class overview
Name: Sariwon
Builders: Unknown - built somewhere in North Korea [1]
Operators:  Korean People's Navy
In service: 1960s
Completed: 5
Active: 5
General characteristics (as per Janes)
Type: Frigate
Tonnage: 450 tons
Displacement: 650 tons full load
Length: 61.5m
Beam: 7.5 m
Draught: 2.4 m
Installed power: 2 x diesel engines
Propulsion: conventional
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Range: 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
One, mounted on davits in break in superstructure
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
None - only 4 x 6lbs decoy RL
  • Four 57 mm/80 (2 twin);
  • Four 37 mm/6 (2 twin);
  • 16 14.5 mm machine guns (4 quad);
  • Two depth charge rails;
  • 30 RBU-1200 mines
Notes: Based on Soviet 1930s Tral-class minesweeper.Ships in class include: 611, 612, 613, 614, 671

The Sariwon class corvette is a Soviet-designed Frigate used by North Korea. They are based on the Soviet Tral class fleet minesweepers, but were built in North Korea in the 1960s. There are currently five active ships of this type in the Korean People's Navy.

Stationed on the east coast, these ships were likely built at either Mayang-do Naval Shipyards or Bong Dao Bo Shipyards in nearby Sinpo on the mainland.


  • Jane's Warship Recognition Guide 2006

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