South Korea’s Modern Navy

Kevin Ivey | 12/14/2021

South Korea’s naval modernization over the last two decades has added new capabilities to its fleet, including large-deck amphibious ships. The first, Dokdo, is seen above during search-and-rescue operations after the Sewol ferry sank in the Yellow Sea in April 2014. An improved sister, Marado, was commissioned into service in June 2021. Seoul has greater ambitions, with plans to acquire a light aircraft carrier in the early 2030s. Over the last two decades, South Korea has significantly...

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