29 June 2017

News Story: S. Korean Navy to have four new NLL patrol ships

SEOUL, June 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Navy announced a plan Wednesday to replace its naval patrol ships operating near the tense inter-Korean sea border with upgraded ones.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the country's arms procurement agency, said it has signed a 256-billion-won (US$ 223 million) agreement with Hanjin Heavy Industries, a local shipyard, for four 200-ton high-speed patrol boats.

The Gumdoksuri (golden eagle)-class ships will be delivered to the Navy in 2020 to replace existing 170-ton Chamsuri (sea eagle)-class ones operating in waters near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the de-factor maritime border between the two Koreas, it said.

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