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ROK to deploy 12th guided-missile destroyer

Updated: 2013-11-04 18:31
( Xinhua)

SEOUL - The Republic of Korea will deploy the 12th guided-missile destroyer, built solely on its indigenous technology, in early 2014, Seoul's Defense Ministry said Monday.

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, the country's No 4 shipbuilder, delivered the guided-missile patrol killer to the Navy, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the country's defense procurement agency.

Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters that the high-speed destroyer will be deployed in early 2014 following the two-month-long preparations.

The 450-ton warship can sail at the maximum speed of 40 knots, accommodating 40 crew members. It was fitted with various combat capabilities developed domestically such as anti-ship missiles and 76 mm guns.

The ship will carry out patrol missions and defend shorelines and harbor areas, the DAPA said.