Dokdo Class amphibiuos assault ship

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Dokdo Class amphibiuos assault ship

In an apparent escalation in the long standing dispute between the two nations over Dokbo Island, the South Koreans answered their own patriotic fervor by naming the vessel after that very island, an act that was taken as an insult by the Japanese.

Able to handle over 700 troops, modern air cushioned or landing craft in its large well deck, and 16 modern helicopters (including up to 10 CH-60 helos), the Dokdo could, with very little modification, also embark VSTOL aircraft. Although the South Koreans insist they do not plan to do so, the Japanese are apparently answering the challenge by developing a new class of helicopter destroyer, the new DDH, which clearly, also with little modification, could be readied to carry VSTOL aircraft as well.
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