Navy names its seventh 1,800-ton submarine – South Korea

Published : 2016-02-28

The Navy said Sunday it has named its seventh 1,800-ton class attack submarine after a South Korean independence fighter who strove to liberate Korea from Japan’s colonial rule.

The vessel named Hong Beom-do is the seventh edition of the Navy’s 1,800-ton diesel-electric attack submarine known as the Type 214. The Son Won-Il submarine, named after South Korea’s first navy chief, is the first edition of the Navy’s 214-class line.

The latest submarine is currently in the final stages of construction by Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The Navy plans to have a launching ceremony for the new submarine in April before integrating it into its fleet in July 2017.

The submarine runs 65.3 meters in length and 6.3 m in width with the capability to accommodate 40 crew members and load sea-based cruise missiles and torpedoes.

Hong led two victorious battles against the imperialist Japan as the chief commander of an independence army that rose up against Japan’s colonial rule from 1910-45. (Yonhap)

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Son Won II – class Type 214

Son Wonil-class Type 214

Description: The Type 214-class submarines, also known as U214 or 214 Type 1200, are an advanced and larger derivative of the German Navy U212 class of conventionally powered submarines. The U214 submarines are provided with eight 533mm torpedo tubes capable of firing missiles through them. The new class of submarines will feature improved hydrogen fuel cells and diesel propulsion system. They have been designed to be stealthier and more capable than previous U212-class submarines.

Greece and South Korea have ordered three U214 submarines each respectively with the first one commissioned by the Greek Navy in 2005, delayed to 2010, and the first Korean submarine commissioned in December 2007. Source

Son Wonil-class Type 214

The Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) currently operates a submarine flotilla of nine diesel-electric Jang Bogo-class (Type 209/1200) and six Son Wonil-class Type 214 hybrid diesel-electric/fuel cell vessels with air-independent propulsion (AIP), all of which are based at Jinhae, close to Busan on the Republic of Korea’s southern coast.  

HDW’s Fuel Cell Air-Independent Propulsion System

HDW’s Fuel Cell Air-Independent Propulsion System. Source : TKMSExample

The first three Type 214 vessels were built by Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyards with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) constructing the remainder six, all with the cooperation of Germany’s Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW).  The sixth Type 214 submarine was launched in May 2015.  An additional three Type 214 boats will be constructed and delivered before 2020, which will bring the ROKN force level to 18 active conventional submarines.

Son Wonil-class Type 214

The joint project with HDW included technology transfer, and South Korea is using the experience obtained assembling the Type 209 and Type 214 submarine kits to develop a series of indigenous 3,000-ton KSS-3-class submarines.  Construction of the first KSS-3 submarine began in November 2014.  The design includes an air turbine pump and programmable firing valve launch system, which will enable the vessels to more exactly meet the launch requirements of a weapon.  The submarines will have the capacity to launch cruise missiles with a range as extensive as 1,500 km, which would encompass strategic areas of North Korea. This development represents not only a qualitative increase in the ROKN’s capabilities, but also hints at possible changes to South Korea’s interpretation of its strategic environment. A submarine of this size, regardless of propulsion type, will be able to remain at sea for extended periods of time.

Son Wonil-class Type 214 @chosun.comType 214

Indigenous 3,000-ton KSS-3-class submarines (DSME’s DSX-3000 submarine)

It appears to have 6 VLS tubes


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