South Korean Warships In Istanbul; A Close Look To A KDX-2 Class.

Yesterday, a South Korean Naval Task Force consisting of the destroyer DDG-979 Gang Gam Chan and tanker AOR-57 Chun Jee arrived in Istanbul for a four day visit.

In every three year a South Korean task force visits Istanbul periodically where a Turkish warships visits South Korea. These are the photos of the South Korean visit from 2005. At that time it the destroyer DDG-975 Chungmugong Yi Sun-Shin and tanker AOR-57 Chun Jee were in Istanbul.

DDG-975 Chungmugong Yi Sun-Shin in 2005

AOR-57 Chun Jee in 2005

And these are the photos from the previous visit in 2008. DDG-977 Daejoyoung and AOR-57 Chun Jee were here.

AOR-57 Chun Jee in 2008

DDG-977 Daejoyoung in 2008

This year’s visit will also mark the 60th Ann,versary of the Korean War. The visit of the South Korean ships will also commemorate the Turkish participiation to the Korean War. There will be a banquet for the Korean War Veterans.

The KDX-2 is a South Korean design. The first ship was laid down in 2001 and the sixth ship was commissioned in 2008. The offensive armament consists of 8 Harpoon SSM missiles, SM-2MR (Block 3A) SAM missiles and V-ASROC ASW missiles and one Mk 45 127 mm/62 Mod 4 gun. For self defense the ships has a 21 cell RAM launcher and a Goalkeeper CIWS .

DDG-979 Gang Gam Chan

The MW08, G-band 3D target indication radar

The forward, STIR 240 fire-control radar

Navigation radar

The antenna for the SLQ-200(V)K SONATA electronic warfare system

The RIM-116 RAM missile launcher

The Goalkeeper CIWS

The Dagaie Mk 2 decoy launcher system

I don't know what this is. But I guess it must some kind of a torpedo counter measure launcher.

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5 Responses to South Korean Warships In Istanbul; A Close Look To A KDX-2 Class.

  1. Mehmet Kale says:

    In this 150 meter long ship, there are 64-cell VLS launchers (32 cell K-VLS + 32 cell Mk41-VLS).

    To be honest with you, you have not yet assessed the possibility of Turkey’s enterence into the Global Combat Ship/Type 26 for our TF-2000 program and I wonder the reason.

    Stiffing 64 VLS-cells into a 150 meter/5500 tons ship might be dangerous but fact is even Type 45s have 48cell VLS, I highly doubt this number will change for Type 26s.

    Compared to FREMM, I’ll always prefer Type 26s. But what about KDX-II? I do not say lets go for KDX II since Type 26 is in the design phase and we have much to gain in joining this program. But TF2000 will be the next strongest platform of our battle fleet when the LHD gets her commission. So we must be careful while arming her. We want SM-(3 or 6), ESSM, ASROC, Land Attack at the same time from TF-2000. Hull is another topic, and Type 26 hull might be OK. Well, I have second thoughts in this issue too, since Type 26 has CH-47 capability if my memory does not deceive me. Do we need it? Will that be a waste of space? Anyway, our staff officers knows better. But we must start considering the number of VLS cells needed. And the hull specifications will follow.

    • To be honest with you, you have not yet assessed the possibility of Turkey’s enterence into the Global Combat Ship/Type 26 for our TF-2000 program and I wonder the reason.

      Patience! ;-)

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  3. godanov says:

    Protean ??

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