A launching ceremony was held Tuesday for the South Korean Navy's third next-generation landing ship tank, the Ilchoolbong, at the Hyundai Heavy Industries headquarters in Ulsan.
Some 100 people were present at the ceremony, including Defense Acquisition Program Administration Vice Minister Moon Sung-wook and Hyundai Heavy Industries President and CEO Kang Hwan-goo.
The four-thousand-900-ton ship is 127 meters long and is capable of sailing 40 kilometers an hour and carrying some 120 crewmembers.
It can also accommodate about 300 fully-armed landing troops and carry mechanized landing craft, Korean amphibious assault vehicles, tanks and two helicopters.
The ship will mainly carry out duties of transporting troops, equipment and materials while engaging in swift response operations in the event a conflict breaks out.
If deemed necessary, the ship will also support international cooperation activities, including peacekeeping operations, as well as carry out nonmilitary and humanitarian work, including disaster relief missions.
Source: KBS World Radio