Saturday, October 23, 2010

South Korea to Boost Naval Defenses

South Korea and the U.S. will stage joint anti-submarine exercises twice a year from next year, one each in the East and West Seas. The number of 214-class 1,800-ton subs will be increased from the current three to nine by 2018, and about nine 3,000-ton next-generation subs are to be procured after 2020. Some 20 2,300-ton future frigates will replace superannuated frigates and corvettes of the same type as the Cheonan, which was sunk by North Korea in March, after 2012.He added a 14,500-ton landing ship the same size as the Dokdo amphibious assault ship, which can be remodeled as a light aircraft carrier within six months, will be built by 2018.

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