ROKS Hansando was built by HHI at the Ulsan Shipyard. The vessel is scheduled to enter service in early 2021.
“When the training ship is put into naval operations, it will elevate our Navy’s combat capabilities through the cutting-edge education and training system, and take a lead in protecting our citizens’ lives in various disaster situations,”
Brig. Gen. Jeong Sam said during the handover ceremony.
The 142-meter-long ROKS Hansando has full displacement of 4,500 tons, can support a crew of 120 and up to 300 trainees, and is equipped with various training and simulation equipment. It also features three dedicated medical compartments and can be converted into a hospital ship, allowing it to support humanitarian ops.
Hansando also has three classrooms and lecture halls and is fitted with dual stern ramps for launching rigid-hull inflatable boats, as well as a hangar that can accommodate up to two medium-sized helicopters.
The ship’s main armament includes a Hyundai WIA 76mm naval gun, a twin 40mm gun installed on the helicopter hangar and torpedo launchers for training purpose. ROKS Hansando is also equipped with “space provision” for a number of Korean Vertical Launching System (K-VLS).