Navy Takes Delivery of 1,800-Ton Submarine

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    July 11, 2017 10:33

    The Navy has taken delivery of a new 1,800-ton homegrown submarine, the Yu Gwan-sun, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Monday.

    It is the first Navy ship named for a woman. Yu was an independence fighter in the early 20th century.

    It is touted as one of the world's quietest conventional submarines and armed with submarine-to-ground cruise missiles with a range of more than 500 km.

    The missiles, with a range error of a mere 3 m, are capable of striking major facilities in Pyongyang from waters hundreds of kilometers away from the coast.

    The 1,800-ton submarine Yu Hwang-sun on a test voyage on Monday /Courtesy of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration

    The handover ceremony was held at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering's shipyard on Geoje Island.

    The Yu Gwan-sun will be deployed warfare-ready in December after five months of crew training.

    "It is capable of handling about 300 underwater targets at the same time. Equipped with a fuel battery system, it can carry out underwater operations for more than 10 days without surfacing," Choi Hee-kyung of DAPA said.

    The Navy also has five other homegrown subs in operation.

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