S. Korea to launch new amphibious assault ship

SEOUL, South Korea will launch another 14,000-ton amphibious assault ship for the Navy later this month, the nation's arms agency said Friday.

Named "Marado," it will be the Navy's second Dokdo-class vessel. It is 199 meters long and 31 meters wide and can carry a number of troops, armored vehicles and high-speed amphibious boats.

The launch ceremony will be held at the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. in Busan on May 14, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said.

"The Marado is the South Korean Navy's second large-scale transport ship after the Dokdo. It will play a command role in amphibious operations," the agency said. "It's named after the southernmost island to reflect the resolve to defend the southern waters of the Korean Peninsula and maritime routes."

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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