Korea Overseas Information Service, South Korea will launch a 13,000-ton-class large-deck landing ship on July 12 in a naval force improvement program, the Navy said Monday (July 4).
The amphibious ship, called LPX, was unveiled at a shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. in Busan, about 320 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Monday. This is the first of the two LPXs the Navy plans to develop by 2010, an official said.
The landing ship can carry 700 troops, 10 CH-60 helicopters, seven amphibious vehicles, six tanks and two small landing boats, the official said.
The 200-meter-long and 31-meter-wide ship can sail at the maximum speed of 43 knots per hour, he added.
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