Jeongjo The Great: South Korea Launches New 8,200-ton Aegis Destroyer

This ship was named after the 22nd monarch of the Joseon dynasty of Korea who ruled the Korean peninsula from 1776-1880.

Jeongjo The Great: South Korea Launches New 8,200-ton Aegis Destroyer
Cover Image Attribute: The Republic of Korea Navy shared this image of Jeongjo The Great, sailing at sea. Source: Yonhap News Agency
Cover Image Attribute: The Republic of Korea Navy shared this image of Jeongjo The Great, sailing at sea. Source: Yonhap News Agency

As part of South Korea's efforts to bolster its defense against North Korea's developing military capabilities, the country announced the launch of a new 8,200-ton destroyer equipped with a missile interception platform and enhanced anti-submarine capabilities. It will be delivered to the Republic of Korea Navy by the end of 2024.

At the Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. shipyard in Ulsan, which is approximately 410 kilometers southeast of Seoul, the Jeongjo The Great destroyer ceremony took place. This ship was named after the 22nd monarch of the Joseon dynasty of Korea who ruled the Korean peninsula from 1776-1880.

Jeongjo The Great is the first warship constructed as part of Seoul's defense acquisition program, code-named Gwanggaeto-III Batch-II (KDX III Batch II - procurement of three high-tech destroyers). The program was initiated because of the limitations of the existing King Sejong-class Aegis destroyers (KDX III Batch I), which currently have three ships — ROKS Sejong the Great, ROKS Yulgok Yi I, and ROKS Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong

The destroyer has a length of 170 meters and a width of 21 meters. It is equipped with radar-evading functions and the most recent version of the Aegis combat system, which cannot only identify, track, and monitor ballistic missiles but also destroy them.

Additionally, the ship will be outfitted with long-range ship-to-air guided missiles (Raytheon-made SM-6), ship-to-ground guided ballistic missiles, and an indigenously developed advanced sonar system to target enemy submarines and underwater weaponry like torpedoes. Also, the destroyer will be able to host MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters, which South Korea intends to begin fielding as early as 2024.



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