01 August 2017

News Story: (South Korea) Navy to receive new landing ship this week

Lead ship of the Cheonwangbong class LST
SEOUL, July 31 (Yonhap) -- A next-generation landing ship capable of transporting more troops and military hardware than existing vessels will be delivered to the Navy this week, the state arms procurement agency said Monday.

The Cheonjabong, which will be delivered Tuesday, is the Navy's second LST-II ship acquired under the next generation landing ship project that calls for building a total of four such ships by 2018. The first ship, the Cheonwangbong, was delivered to the Navy in November 2014.

The 4,500-ton Cheonjabong can transport more troops and hardware further away at a faster speed than the existing Gobongjun-class (LST-I) ship. It can travel at a maximum speed of 23 knots per hour with a total of 130 crew members, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

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PacificSentinel: For those that don't know LST stands for "Landing Ship - Tank", thought from the look of the design it would better fit the LPD (Landing Platform - Dock) designation.