June 05, 2008 09:33
South Korea on Wednesday launched its third 214-class, 1,800-ton-class submarine Ahn Jung-geun at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan. The Ahn Jung-geun will be delivered to the Navy and deployed late next year.
The submarine was named after a revered independence fighter, the first time a naval vessel has been named for a member of the resistance to Japanese occupation.
The diesel-electric submarine is capable of carrying out continuous underwater operations for about two weeks as it is equipped with air-independent propulsion. Previous diesel-electric submarines were incapable of operating underwater operations for longer than a day or two.
It is 65.3 m long and 6.3 m wide, and can accommodate 40 crew. The first two 214-class ships were the Sohn Won-il and Chung Ji.
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