New minelayer delivered to S. Korean Navy

SEOUL-- South Korea's Navy received a new minelayer from a local shipbuilder Friday, as it's trying to beef up its mine warfare capabilities against North Korea.

Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the 3,000-ton vessel, named Nampo, was delivered to the Navy in a ceremony held in the firm's shipyard in the southeastern city of Ulsan, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

It will be commissioned in early 2018 after seven months of test operations, DAPA added.

It can accommodate 120 crew members and sail at a top speed of 23 knots, equipped with a deck for a chopper, advanced weapons, radars, and the Sound Navigation and Ranging (Sonar) system.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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