South Korea's Navy decommissions 3 Pohang-class corvettes, 5 Chamsuri-class fast patrol boats

South Korea's Navy decommissions 3 Pohang-class corvettes, 5 Chamsuri-class fast patrol boats


South Korea’s Navy just decommissioned some of its naval assets, could be a good news for a modernizing country like the Philippines.


The Korea Navy (ROKN) has decommissioned 3 Pohang-class corvettes and 5 Chamsuri-class fast patrol boats, all of which served in securing South Korean waters and interests for more than 30 years. 

The Pohang-class corvettes that were retired are the Flight IV corvettes ROKS Wonju (PCC-769), ROKS Seongnam (PCC-775) and ROKS Jecheon (PCC-776), which were commissioned with the ROKN between 1988 and 1989.

he three Pohang-class corvettes that were decommissioned by ROKN on 28 December 2021.
( Photo c/o ROKN.)

Also retired were the Chamsuri-class fast patrol boats with hull number 313, 315, 317, 318 and 319, which have been in service with the ROKN since the 1980s.

All 8 ships were decommissioned from service with the ROKN on 28 December 2021 at the Jinhae Naval Base in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam, with ROKN Naval Operations Commander Kang Dong-hoon presiding the ceremonies.


There was no confirmation made by the South Korean Navy as regards the fate of the decommissioned ships.


Several of the Pohang-class corvettes have already been transferred to other countries including Colombia, Egypt, Peru, the Philippines, and Vietnam.




The Philippine Navy “own” Pohang – BRP Conrado Yap



The PN’s BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) was part of the  “Pohang”-class corvette donated by South Korea to the Philippines, the former Republic of Korea Navy “Chungju.”

“Pohang”-class corvettes, especially those designated as Flight II, are optimized for anti-submarine warfare missions.

It is armed with two 76mm Oto Melara automatic guns, two Oto Breda 40mm light cannons, depth-charge racks, and two triple torpedo tubes and surveillance systems like radar and sonar.

The ship measures 88.3 meters long, with a beam of 10 meters and a draft of 2.9 meters with displacement at 1,216 tons full load. It is rated for a crew of 118 personnel and can sustain an operational presence for 20 days.

BRP Conrado Yap’s combined diesel or gas (CODOG) propulsion configuration of motor transport unit (MTU) diesel engines and LM2500 gas turbine with controllable pitch propellers (CPP) enable the ship to move to a maximum speed up to 32 knots to a distance of 4,000 nautical miles. 





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