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South Korea completes upgrade of KDX-I destroyer Eulji Mundeok.

| 2021

According to information published by Yonhap News Agency on December 28, 2021, the Republic of Korea Navy will receive the upgraded KDX-I destroyer Eulji Mundeok, after nearly a year of refurbishment aimed at strengthening its anti-submarine capabilities.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Gwangaetto the Great-class Eulji Mundeok (Picture source: blog.daum)

ROKS Eulji Mundeok (DDH-972) is the second ship of the Gwangaetto the Great-class in the Republic of Korea Navy. She is named after Eulji Mundeok. The vessel was launched on 16 October 1997 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and commissioned on 30 August 1999.

The Gwanggaeto the Great-class destroyers often called KDX-I, are destroyers but are classified by some as frigates, operated by the Republic of Korea Navy. It was the first phase of ROKN's KDX program, in moving the ROK Navy from a coastal defense force to a blue-water navy.

The Gwanggaeto the Great class is powered by two General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines and two SsangYong 20V 956 TB 82 diesel engines. The Gwanggaeto the Great class can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots.

The Gwanggaeto the Great class carries a close-in anti-submarine weapon in the form of the Mark 46 torpedoes, launched from triple torpedo tubes in launcher compartments on either side of the forward end helicopter hangar.

A secondary anti-shipping role is supported by the RGM-84 Harpoon surface-to-surface missile, mounted in two quadruple launch tubes at the main deck level between the funnel and the helicopter hangar.

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