A Close Look To A KDX-II Class (Part 2)

Here are some more photos of the South Korean KDX-II class destroyer DDG-979 Gang Gam Chan.

Mk 32 torpedo tubes. I did not noticed any reloads nearby.

Mk 141 launchers for RGM-84 Harpoon Block 1C missiles

Mk 45 127 mm/62 Mod 4 gun

Mk 41 Mod 2 VLS. The 32 cell VLS is loaded with a mix of SM-2MR (Block IIIA) SAM and ASROC VLS missiles

The KDX-2 class ships are the first ones in South Korean Navy with female accommodation.

DDG-979 Gang Gam Chan.

And at the end my favorite photo:

South Korean naval intelligence taking a photo of me, for their file about me.

Click here for A Close Look To A KDX-II Class (Part 1)

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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977 Dae Jo Young In Istanbul

Korean KDX-2 class destroyer 977 Dae Jo Young docking at Istanbul port.

Korean KDX-2 class destroyer 977 Dae Jo Young docking at Istanbul port.

On 29 August 2013, the Korean KDX-II class destroyer 977 Dae Jo Young, arrived in Istanbul for a undefined port visit.

The ship is not a stranger in Istanbul as she was here before, in 2008 with the replenishment tanker 57 Chun Lee.

Two PLAN Ships Passed Through The Bosphorus

I love how it feels when the things turn out more or less as the way you have planned. Since I first heard yesterday, that two PLAN warships passed through the Dardanelles and are heading for the Black Sea I was thinking in my head How I could intercept them at a suitable point in Istanbul with a good light. As the photos below will testify I was able to realize my plans.

Japanese and South Korean warship do regularly visit Istanbul, but we do not see many Chinese warships in the part of the world. This is the first time I am seeing any Chine warships in my long career of ship spotting and photographing.

And there are three of them. These two are in the Black Sea and according to the news there is a third one some where in the Eastern Med.

I would appreciate it if someone could tell me A) where these two are heading and B) the name of the third one in the Med.

The Ludu (Type 052A) class destroyer 113 Qingdao of PLAN passing through Bosphorus

The Jingkai II (Type 054A) class frigate 538 Yantai of PLAN with Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia in the background. 

Click here and here for the activities of the PLAN ships in the Black Sea.

>Visitors from a distant place


Two South Korean warships are in Istanbul for a official visit. Chun Lee 57 logistics support ship and Daejoyoung 977 a KDx-2 class destroyer
Escoorting them is one of the training ships of Turkish Navy A-597 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa

According to the news these ships are on a training cruise. It seems that these sailors missed the big International Fleet Review back at home. The ships will leave on 24th October 2008.
In the last few years the military cooperation between to countries increased considerably. South Korean companies played a critical role in development of Fırtına self propelled howitzer. Fırtına is locally designed and produced but important key part are made of South Korea.
South Korea also plays a critical role for the indigenous Turkish National Main Battle Tank Project Altay.

Back in 2006, Turkey sold a simulator for CN-235 cargo planes used by South Korean Air Force.

This visit may be just a regular stop in the training cruise. This visit may also be a sales pitch. There are a couple ongoing naval projects in Turkey where a cooperation may be possible.
The development of a torpedo using Turkish sonar and signal processing units and components of South Korean Blue Shark is one of the few that comes to my mind.
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