Keel Laid for Second Dokdo-class LPH

Keel Laid for Second Dokdo-class LPH 2 May, 2017

The Republic of Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 28 April that the keel-laying ceremony for the second Dokdo-class landing platform helicopter (LPH), to be named Marado (LPH 6112), was held in Busan. 200 m-long vessel feature some upgrades to the first vessel, RoKS Dokdo. Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) is scheduled to deliver the new vessel to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in 2020.

ROKS Dokdo (LPH 6111), was launched in July 2005 and commissioned into the ROKN in July 2007. The flight deck can accommodate five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters at a time and can also operate short-range and VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft. The LPH is armed with RIM-116 RAM system.

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