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Feature 1 | PATROL BOATS


Nine Gumdoksuri- class fast attack craft are being built for the


Republic of Korea Navy (credit: Hanjin).


a top speed of 32kt. Te contract for the ships is valued at almost US$820 million and will see the first ship launched in mid-2009. On 17 December 2008, the Republic


of Korea Navy (RoKN) commissioned its first Gumdoksuri-class fast attack craft named Yeonyungha. The 63m loa vessel displaces 570tons and was built by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction in Busan. Te next four ships of the class will


with all three scheduled to be delivered by 2011. Te vessel’s size means it has good oceanic sea keeping qualities, a patrolling range of 4500nm and can operate a helicopter up to 12tons. Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) in


the United Arab Emirates is building a smaller class of 72m loa vessel with similar armaments for its naval forces and is


supported by French shipbuilder CMN (which is building the first vessel). Named the Baynunah class these six 630ton patrol boats boast armaments that include the Exocet, Evolved SeaSparrow Missile and the RIM-162 surface-to-air missile as well as a 76mm gun. Driven by three Kamewa waterjets that are powered by MTU diesel engines, the Baynunah class can achieve


be built by local rival shipbuilder STX Shipbuilding with the final four of the nine-strong class being built at Hanjin. Further vessels are expected as the class is replacing the RoKN’s fleet of ageing Sea Dolphin and Wildcat fast attack craſt that date from the late 1970s and 1980s. Armed with a Hae Song surface-to-


surface missile, a 76 mm gun, 40 mm gun, a full suite of combat sensors and the ability to reach 40 kt, the Gumdoksuri- class fits into the warfighting category of patrol ships. SBI


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